Thursday, December 9, 2010

When enough is enough . . .

Gift giving is almost synonymous with Christmas.  Many of us take great joy in both giving and receiving gifts.  I'll confess, however, that the receiving of gifts is not my primary love language but that doesn't mean that the giving of gifts is still not an important way for me to express my love for another.  Gift giving is not always about satisfying an unmet need and many of the people to whom I give a gift may already have an excess of stuff.  There are ways to avoid contributing to the excess of stuff problem, express love to your friends and loved-ones, and  meet genuine needs all at the same time. 

During the time that we owned our Christian bookstore, we participated in a pilot program with World Vision where we sold cards that represented a gift given to someone in need. The cards ranged in price from $8 (for a pair of ducks) to $75 (for a goat) and included a variety of things that benefited people both domestically and abroad.  It was a great way to honor someone who just didn't need more stuff by meeting the need of someone in great need. 

Over the next few days, I want to share with you a few options that you may want to consider as you do your Christmas giving this year.  Maybe there are people on your list who are hard to buy for because they already have everything they need.  There are a world of people for whom that is not the reality and maybe this is the time to consider how you can begin to honor those you love by meeting some of those needs.

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