“More Blessed to Give…”
With Christmas just one week away, many people are now in near-panic mode. It seems there simply is not enough time (and often money) to buy all the gifts that are “needed” to fit in with our modern American culture.
So what’s a thrifty person to do in this whirlwind (headache?) of a situation? Is there hope for those of us who scour the likes of Shopping-Bargains® to squeeze everything we can out of our budget?
I think so. Let’s go back two millennia and revisit the words of Jesus Christ — after all, isn’t Christmas is supposed to be in honor of Him?
And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ — Acts 20:35 NKJV
At first glance this phrase sounds like there’s supposed to be a lot of gift-giving. Not much hope for the weary in just that, right?
But wait, there’s more! And it’s good news.
Let’s look at the rest of the passage leading up to this phrase (as coming from Paul the Apostle):
I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ — Acts 20:33-35 NKJV
Now we see there’s much, much more to giving than just physical gifts. And purchased things. There are gifts of service (especially to the weak) and they are praised — and even commanded.
So, with this thought in mind, we at Shopping-Bargains® wish you a merry Christmas. May it be a time of joy and peace — and a time of service to our families and others as the greatest gift!
From our heart to yours, we wish you a “time out” from the commercialization and crush of expectations to truly enjoy the giving spirit of the season.
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