The Overlooked Lesson of Charity during the Holidays

Most of us—either as individuals, or families—get involved in some kind of charity work during the Christmas season.

We take goodies to senior adults, we pack Christmas baskets for hungry families and we give a little bit extra to our favorite ministries or non-profits.

Everybody in the non-profit world (churches included) understands December is the month when people are most generous.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  This is a very good thing-as far as it goes, which, of course, is the problem.  Our holiday charity simply doesn’t go far enough.

The widow your family visited is lonely the rest of the year as well.

The hungry family, who got the turkey and presents for the kids, is hungry the rest of the year, too.

The homeless shelter you gave a little extra too has budget needs all year long.

I’m glad you and your family are doing something for Christmas.

I just want you to let it be the first of many things you’re going to do in the coming year and not the one and only thing you did this year.

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