Black Friday is in the rearview mirror and Christmas Season is now if full swing. I saw some interesting Christmas stats recently that I thought I’d share. This year, between November 1 and December 25:
- Americans will spend more than $35 billion online buying Christmas gifts.
- 18% of all Christmas purchases were gift cards., which is basically our way of saying, “I have no idea what to get you...so why don’t you go figure it out.”
- 10% of Christmas presents will be returned, which is basically our way of saying “I wish you would have just bought me a gift card.”
Bottom line...we spend a LOT of money buying gifts. And that’s great. Giving gifts is a good thing. Receiving gifts is a good thing. It’s all good. But there’s a catch. Almost all of it is short term. We use it, we like it, and it’s gone. It gets dirty. It breaks. It gets old.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Did you know there are gifts we can give that make an eternal difference? Jesus said it like this:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19-21
That’s why our church is doing something called THE CHRISTMAS OFFERING this year. This Christmas Eve, I want to encourage you to participate by bringing a special Christmas Offering…not just your usual tithes and offerings, but something extra, something special.
Our goal is two-fold: First, for every family in our church to participate in this offering, and secondly, to raise tens of thousands of dollars to build a staff development center for The Luke Commission in Swaziland and to partner with Freedom House Sweet Magnolia to create a safe and sober house for women in Bonner County.
Stay tuned for more updates, and in the meantime be praying for these two great organizations and how God might want you to be a part of this Christmas Offering.