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Goodness gracious, is anyone else just plain ole' worn out from all the Christmas bargain shopping yet? There have been so many fantastic deals in the stores and online this year, but as I keep typing even I'm a wee bit overwhelmed by it all. (Anybody with me?) This is a re-post that I needed to hear myself as a reminder of what this whole season is about, and maybe you need to hear it to day too.
Ugh. (Can you just hear me say that across the screen?) Ughhhhhhhhhhhh. . . yup, that's exactly how I mean it. Yesterday I finally made it to Bible Study where they're studying the Advent Conspiracy. I went because they were leaving after the study to visit 305 8th Street Group Home, which is one of those places that's completely doing God's work, so I wanted to tag along.
As we talked throughout the class, we shared how much we have in comparison to others around the world, and yet somehow don't even know it. In fact, according to this, if you make just $30,000 you're in the top 7% of income earners in the world, and if you make $50,000 you earn more than 99% of the people in the entire world. WOW.
But for some crazy reason, we assume that everyone has everything . . . don't we?
We assume all too often that our home should look like this . . .
Instead of this. . .
And that our children need this . . .
(which I really do absolutely love, by the way!)
Instead of this . . . (y'all bare with me, this one's just painful to see and I even struggle to put it up because it hurts my heart so badly)
That tears up every ounce of me. (I really may take that picture down soon because I can't even handle it being here, but I want someone to acknowledge it exists ~ in our world we totally forget!)
Please, please, stop feeling like you've got to keep up with someone else. You are blessed right where you are, just like I am (I promise!) You may want to read more about the Advent Conspiracy, and consider ways your family can scale back just a bit this Christmas to give to those who are truly in need. And please don't get me wrong, we absolutely love Christmas and Santa and presents a ton around here (my kids love all of it, and I'm so glad we can share that fun with them!) But I do want them (and myself) to remember that that's just not reality for 99% of the world, so a slightly more modest Christmas might help provide water for others too.
I'd love to know if your family does something special over the Holidays to bless others, whether it be preparing an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, sharing with a local food pantry, or giving a gift through Angel Tree Ministries. And please don't be mad at me for sharing (I really like sharing deals the most!), but I'm hoping you're up for this one today.
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