Monday, November 15, 2010

More with Less Monday: Holidays

Church today inspired me to write this post.  Jonathan and I discovered this video a couple of years ago and were immediately sold on it.  (Watch it before you read more!)

Granted, we're not big gift givers in general so it's not much sacrifice for us.  But, we did find lots of joy in selling my [beloved] guitar that year and giving the money to help build a well.  (The organization we gave to must have thought we were super rich or something, because we got lots of hand-written notes after that.  I guess they were trying to get us to give more!)

Anyway, this Christmas will be the same.  Not many gifts (or any)...but lots of time to celebrate "the reason for the season" (thank you Kirk Franklin for introducing me to that line).

Our Pastor talked a lot about what we do with our money today and it was great to hear.  Jonathan and I have found that things always work out when we give first.  Our needs have ALWAYS been met, no matter what and we both believe it's because God is honoring our dreams to be generous.

Now, this post isn't so you think we're great...because we're not and we're much more selfish than we'd like to be.  But, we're thankful so far for what the Lord has done with our giving.

We're especially thankful to have a hand in what God is doing in the nations.  If you've spent more than 10 minutes with either of us, you know that our hearts yearn to bring life and light and love to the nations.  We've lived overseas apart and together and parts of our heart will always be in another country.  But for now, we get to live in Atlanta and be a part of a great new group called Resonate.  That doesn't mean we don't get to be a part of what is happening in the rest of the world.

Thanks to God's generosity to us and the joy He's given us in sharing, we get to be a part of what is happening in:
  • America
  • Canada
  • Costa Rica
  • South Africa
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda (soon!)
  • Jordan
  • Honduras
  • Egypt
  • Bosnia (soon!)
  • Hungary
  • Russia
It's such a joy to give!  And it's worth it to sacrifice extra cell phone minutes, Starbucks, or whatever it is to be a part of a bigger and grander story than ourselves.

The more [with less] the merrier!


JT said...

My wife and I attend a church in South Carolina. We are retired. We tithe. We give to Special Offerings we have at church. We regularly give to the Salvation Army. I agree with your post. It is a joy to give. We have not lacked for anything in our 45 years of marriage. God provides.

BradyandLiana said...

love the video. stole it.

Alva Baptist Church said...

I am moved by this and inspired to be different this year, BECAUSE I am a follower of Jesus! Thanks for passing it on.

Mat 25:37-40 "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'