I have been reminded of the sincerity of a child's heart. A child willingly gives without much thought of the cost. And, not even with a true understanding of the meaning of giving. A child's motives are often altruistic. How can a grown person grow and keep an altruistic mindset?
In the picture above, a five year old boy in our little neighbourhood started a food drive. His goal was to raise 100 pounds of food for the local food bank. His deadline was Dec 5th. What you need to know is that the local fire fighters came to Michael's house with sirens blaring in two fire engines and collected Michael's "winnings". Close to 250 lbs of food. The community supported this most noble of endeavours, and for a little while, we were joined in heart to help Michael meet his goal.
The Christmas season is filled with the warm thoughts of reunions, gatherings, delicious foods and treats, giving and receiving. Yet, will we take the time to evaluate our hearts? Why are we giving? Why are we gathering? Why are we receiving? In my mind's eye, I have come to realize that my celebrating, giving and receiving can only be soul deep when it is wrapped in the significance of God's love. Love demonstrated in the giving of His only Son (John 3:16). Having received this, I lack nothing more.
For God so loved the world
that He gave His only Son,
so that whoever believes in Him
shall not perish
Have you received? If not, when?
Merry Christmas, dear friends.