At this time of the year, one of the most frequently asked questions you will hear is: “Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?” It’s a question we learn to answer from a very young age. Do you remember when you were growing up? Aunt Hazel would ask, “Was Santa good to you?” Uncle Glenn would kindly say, “Tell me what you got.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we could reframe the question? Instead of asking, “Did you get everything you wanted,” how about if we start asking “Did you give everything you wanted?”
If we could teach our children at a very young age that Christmas is more about giving than getting, the world would soon be a very different place. Of course, it would have to begin with us adults.
Did you give to the family around the corner that you know is going through a tough time? Did you give to the child around the world that otherwise would have received nothing this Christmas?
Jesus said, “You are far happier giving than getting.” (Acts 20:35 The Message) Did you give everything you wanted this Christmas?
Spent the time after Hartville’s services at the ROH, with the guys. I went there to give them the left over cookies we had (some went to ROH, some to another shelter in Akron). I left with much more than I brought. You cannot outgive God.
Terrific question to ask. WE did give this year ..but looking at your question we did not give as much as I had originally thought..we did a giving tree gift. we do sponsor a child monthly and sent Christmas, gave extra to church, but time….time is my most precious possession and I need to work more on giving my time….thank you for a focus for the new year…….