25 Days of Giving

25 Days of Giving | Everyday Encouragements

Today is Thanksgiving Day, and in just a few days we enter December and the ‘official’ Christmas season, including round the clock Christmas specials on TV and decorations everywhere we go. But in the midst of preparation, anticipation, and celebration, we often lose sight of the reason why we have the Christmas season.

God gave His only Son to us, that He might die an agonizing death, taking all the sins of mankind upon His shoulders, so we may have the hope (certainty) of Eternal Life. Salvation through Jesus is the greatest gift anyone could receive–or give.

God sacrificed His Son. His Son.  That is why we celebrate Christmas–to remember that God gave His one and only  Son.

To us.

Sinners.

In desperate need of salvation from eternal death.

So what does all that have to do with Thanksgiving?

I am glad you asked 🙂

Last year, I shared a post about Giving a Reason to Be Thankful:

Today, don’t just give thanks to others and to God for all that you have been given.

Be the reason someone else can give thanks.

Building on that, this year is 25 Days of Giving. Starting Dec. 1st, give at least one thing each day…something that is a sacrifice {whether great or small} for you. Your time. Your money. Your love.

Here’s a few ideas:

  • Bake a special batch of cookies and take them to a shut-in–maybe their favorite kind, or one that they can have (because of diet or allergy restrictions).
  • Stop and pray with someone who has confided in you, right then and there. Don’t just say “I’ll pray for you”. Do it now, so they can hear it! It will help them even more to hear your kind and faith-filled words.
  • Going Christmas shopping? At each cash register, hand a Gospel tract to the cashier, along with your payment for your purchases. Even if you have a credit card, be sure to pass a tract to the cashier. Sharing Christ is the best gift you can give!
  • Call up a long-distance friend, even if it will cost you money. It’s better to hear your voice than to just read words in a letter or email.
  • Spend one-on-one time with a sibling. Do what they would like, even if it’s something you don’t normally want to do. Make some fun memories!
  • Take at least an hour out of your busy schedule and visit an elderly family member. Talk to them about what’s going on  in your life if they ask, but mostly ask how they are doing, what they’ve been up to, what would they like for Christmas, what was it like when they were young. You’d be amazed at the things you’ll learn!
  • Donate to a Christian foundation that helps people worldwide and shares the Gospel with them. World Vision. Samaritan’s Purse. Operation Smile. Immanuel’s Child. Voice of the Martyrs.
  • Do something as simple as give a heartfelt hug, a kind and encouraging word, or a cheerful smile to someone having a hard day.

The possibilities are endless!

But no matter what you do, be sure that the #1 thing you share each day is Christ’s love. Let others see His love in you. If they’re not saved, share with them the hope you have in Jesus Christ.  Be concerned enough about their eternal standing to share Jesus with them. Even if they don’t want to hear it or don’t think they need it.

Be thankful today for God’s salvation. Then start sharing the message of God’s salvation with others.

  For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. ~ Galatians 5:13

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Author: Micaela

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me. ~Galatians 2:20~

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