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:
- Costa Rica
- South Africa
- Uganda (soon!)
- Bosnia (soon!)
The more [with less] the merrier!