Yes I know it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. It wasn't Halloween either when I noticed the first hints of the Christmas madness beginning at Walmart in September. I know it is all about sales for these retail stores. It is that hype they are all counting on to encourage buyers to shop, shop, shop, now, now,now.
It is a frenzy that happens in the stores, and in this country as the season gets closer. You start with a little here and a little there, then the next thing you know by the time the turkey comes out of the oven you are about done as well. You are tired, don't forget to give thanks. Thanks to what? The stores for the food, turkey and all of its trimmings, thanks to the TV stations and adds that incessantly remind you that Christmas is coming?
There is another kind of crazy that should be observed. Christ Crazy. To be fully involved in the Reason for the Season.
This is what Operation Christmas Child is all about. A simple gift of a shoe box not only gives children loving physical gifts and toys, but also the beginning of a new gift and eternal, spiritual gift as well as the opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life through Christ.
That is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Their gift can be shared with anyone willing to receive.
There is no better gift than to give of yourself. Volunteering, giving of yourself has a much better effect on us than just buying stuff.
We like to give Christmas away because it is a gift for us as well. It is what God wants us to do.
So lets strive to take it a little slower this year, in spite of mad dash for things and give God the Thanks and the glory and give this Christmas away to those who have little or nothing.