In the Present

Christmas Lights (December 10, 2014)

Bottom Line: Being generous should be continuous.

The only downside to Christmas is when it's over. One day, every house is decorated and every street has twinkling lights. Then, all of a sudden, it's gone. Lights go back in the box. Decorations are packed in the garage, and it's almost as if the Christmas Sprit was never there. But there is more to the Christmas Spirit than just Santa suits and strands of lights. For many of us, Christmas is a time of giving, celebrating the ultimate gift God gave us. But around the same time that the tree comes down, it seems our generous Christmas spirit goes back in the box as well. The needs around us haven't disappeared. It's just that our motivation, our natural inclination to help others, gets shelved after the holidays. But it doesn't have to be that way. In fact, according to John, Jesus modeled a generosity that was just the opposite and following His example means we take our generosity off the shelf and put it into practice during this month dan ll of the ones that follow.