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{A Revolution of Generosity… Our Gift To Jesus!}

Christmas time came. And one of my favorite parts about it was our Sparkle Box. Although we’ve never read the book, the concept went perfectly with what my husband and I already had in our hearts. This Christmas was going to be {A Different Kind Of Christmas}. We just didn’t know how it would play out. Things were still a bit blurry.

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See, while we were thinking about the holiday season, we found out that my husband would more than likely be out of a job by the end of January. All of a sudden the stress of Christmas (as we knew it) went away because we had other priorities. In a sense, the news of a layoff made it easier for us to put the focus back on Jesus. It made things less blurry.

So as the days to Christmas rolled around, our tree lay bare. But our hearts were full.

Full of expectancy. Full of Hope. Full of peace. 

This Christmas we wanted to give Jesus what we had. Rather than try and impress with what we didn’t have, we wanted to give to Jesus.

And so, we continued our Christmas Eve celebration as usual. We baked cookies, and we sat together to read the Christmas story.

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And as I was explaining to the kids that this year was a different kind of Christmas, Immanuel, God is with us, showed up.

I began to share with the kids the real meaning of Christmas. I began to share with them about the ultimate Gift from God, His Son. And the ultimate gift from Jesus, His life.

After going through the story, the question remained, “What can we give to Jesus?”

My 5-year-old says, “We can give Jesus us.”

“That’s right, sweetie. Jesus would absolutely love that gift!”

She smiled.

And I ask, “But HOW can we give Jesus us?”

“By being kind to widows like Pauline, our neighbor,” says the little one.

“That’s right,” Now it’s my turn to smile.

Then I look at my kids and I share the words of Jesus found in Matthew 25:

 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

Matthew 25:42-45

FROM THE MOUTH OF BABES

I take out the Sparkle Box and I go on to say, “So HOW can we give to….”

But before I can finish, my step-son takes out a gift card he had in his pocket and puts it on the table, “I want to donate this. I want to give to Jesus.”

And there in my living room on a ‘very bare’ Christmas, God showed up…In the heart of a teen filled with generosity, and no reserves. Here in a humbly decorated living room, with no gingerbread houses, and no stacks of gifts. A teen opens his heart, his pocket, his hands, and with his expression of love says ‘I want to give it all to him.’

And I learn. I watch and I learn.

OUR GIFTS TO JESUS

Then I take out the catalogs and go on to explain that this year, we could take the very little that we had, we could take out ‘two pennies’ and spend them or we can give them to Jesus who multiplies them.

 As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury.  He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.       Luke 21:1-4

I take out the catalogs and we talk about how our little can help to feed, clothe, and care for those whose need is far greater.

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And this Christmas, from now until the first week in January, we will fill this Sparkle Box. We will be the Light of this world by pouring out to those in need. We will be the hands and feet of Jesus.

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As the Lord leads them they can continue to fill the Sparkle Box. There’s only one rule. No peeking. The catalogs will remain on the table and they are free to peruse them to see how they wish to give to Jesus. Then this coming up weekend, we will all sit around the table, open up the Sparkle Box and count what’s inside. As a family, we will decide how we will give to Jesus.

Perhaps a pair of chickens to help sustain a family.

Maybe some nets to help children sleep better without the fear of being bitten by malaria infested mosquitos.

Perhaps bibles and tracts.

Or maybe clothing, and clean water.

There are so many possibilities.

IT ALL BECOMES CLEAR

And so, surrounded with uncertainties I remain certain in my God. Surrounded with the unknown, I remain steadfast on what I do know… My God is faithful. My God is present. My God is with us. My God is Sovereign. My God sees and hears my prayers. My God gave us the ultimate gift- a prelude, an intro, a glimpse into what came next, salvation!

He gave it all. I too will choose to give. May this Christmas Sparkle Box, our gift to Jesus, be the start of a Revolution of Generosity in the hearts of our children and in our home. May this small lesson in giving multiply itself in the hands of Jesus, a Revolution of Generosity turned into a Revolution of Love. God’s people being the hands and feet of Jesus. God’s people opening their hearts wide to the needs of others. God’s people being distributors of the blessings of God to the broken, to the poor, to the lonely.

It feels a lot like Christmas!!!

(P.S. That bare tree? Let’s just say, God has a way of miraculously providing. I was immensely blessed by God’s love for me and my family!)


This Christmas and New Years season, choose to stay focused. Choose to open your heart and choose to give Jesus you…

© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

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