Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Gifts

Last year I remember a kid telling me that he got two Xbox360's for Christmas...one for his Dad's house and one for his Mom's house. Ugh.

This country is dripping with consumerism. Spending too much on gifts that we will forget by next year is all too common. What ever happened to baby Jesus? All this shopping stress at Christmastime makes baby Jesus cry.

This year we decided to spend less on gifts. With the money that we saved on gifts, we are donating to an organization called Living Water International. We take our tap water for granted so often. There are so many people in countries all over the world who do not have clean water. They have to drink muddy, stagnant, parasitic water that they find in the nearest river or lake. Water-related diseases are one of the biggest killers in the world today. Living Water International takes the money donated and builds wells for people in those types of communities. It is so awesome to watch videos about people who are so excited about receiving clean water.

I think Jesus would be pleased with these gifts. After all, it's His birthday, isn't it? Shouldn't we be giving gifts to Him? I think the gifts that He would want is to see the people He loves serving one another.

Related post: DIY Fair!