Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Gift of Less

"Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything." 2 Corinthians 6:10 NLT

As the month of December starts, so does the "I want" and the "You deserve". The day after Thanksgiving, we are bombarded with commercials and ads that state that "you need this", "you're worth it." Children start making comments such as, "I want", or "I need".

It's all so disheartening isn't it? We--a society that has SO much more than any society since the beginning of time--think we still need MORE!

Does MORE fill your broken heart? Does MORE fix your empty spirit? Does MORE make you have a better marriage, raise your children to be better people, build deeper friendships? Does MORE take away your loneliness? Does MORE bind you and your God together? No!

What MORE does is exactly the opposite. LESS can do MORE. Does that make sense?

The verse above states that with heartache, they have MORE joy. With LESS money, they have MORE spiritually. With LESS material possessions, they have MORE of everything. Do you understand why?

The reason why is because all these 'things' are just that--'things'. If God came down today and took all the 'things' of this world, and just left Himself here, what would you do? Would you throw a tantrum? Would you fall apart? Would you be at a lost? Would you feel cheated?

Or would He be enough? Would you embrace Him? Would you hang-out and talk with Him? Would you just sit and soak up the wonder of Him? Would you release yourself into His capable hands and allow Him to control your day? Would you feel blessed?

God has blessed us with so much. But all we really need is Him. All you really need is Him. As you enter into this Christmas season, please try to remember what this extra special time is all about. Oh, you will be getting a gift alright--God's greatest gift--His Son, your Savior. The most unique gift that one could ever hope to get.

Remember, no matter what the world says--it is called CHRISTmas for a reason.


  1. We don't celebrate christmas for just that reason (and so many others)....

    I think you said it very well, if God came to america and took all of the "Christians" stuff. You'd better believe that there would be tantrums. We are so spoiled with stuff here that I think it really is easier for a camel to fit into the eye of a needle than it is for us spoiled rich folks to get into the kingdom of God.

    Ministering to the rich (especially if they think they're poor) is so much harder than ministering to the poor.

  2. Dear Brittney,


    It is so sad, but true what you say--it is easier to minister to the poor than the rich because many of the rich think that they are that way because of what THEY have done--not what JESUS has done for them.

    Brittney, it seems that you are a very insightful person. Blessings to you and I really enjoy your comments. Please, keep them coming.:)