Saturday, November 19, 2005

With Thankfulness We Give

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and for those born 1981+ (a generation call Millennials) you most likely will be more concerned with what you will give this holiday season, than with what you will receive.

According to Graeme Codrington and Sue Grant-Marshall, authors of "Mind the Gap!" (Penguin):

"Millennial kids . . . will be civic minded, determined to help their communnities, will (and already do) care for each other, volunteer more, be conscripted if the case is just." Which is exactly what 2 Corinthians 9:7 is talking about, "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

This heart of giving also reflects the heart of God:

"Generous to a fault, you lavish your favor on all creatures," (Psalm 145:16, The Message).

So how about you? How are you going to give this Thanksgiving and Christmas? I'd love to hear all about it!


Spatula said...

I already have gifts chosen for everybody but Dad... My honest goal this year was and is to find a meaningful gift for each person in my life. The idea is to give them something to remember me by and something with which I can express my gratitude for their friendship, love, and support.

Tricia Goyer said...


That sounds like a wonderful plan! My favorite gifts are ones where people think of me, even in small ways. For example, sometimes my husband will bring me home a candy bar from the store . . . just because he's thinking about me.