Have we traded the best story in the world for what’s on sale? I’m imagining a better story.
The Christmas Story is a story of love, hope, redemption, and relationship. So, what happened? How did it turn into stress, stuff and debt?
We introduce you to Advent Conspiracy…….here’s what it is!
It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
Quick question for you: What was the one gift you remember getting for Christmas last year? Next question: What about the fourth gift? Do you remember that one? Truth is that many of us do not because it wasn’t something we necessarily wanted or needed. Spending less isn’t a call to stop giving gifts; it’s a call to stop spending money on gifts we won’t remember in less than a year. America spends around $600 billion dollars during the Christmas season, and much of that it joyless and goes right on to a credit card. By spending wisely on gifts we free ourselves from the anxiety associated with debt so we can take in the season with a full heart.
We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, didn’t they just say I should spend less, and yet here they are telling me to give more? What gives?” The most powerful, memorable gift you can give to someone else is yourself. And nobody modeled this more than Jesus. So what does this look like for you? Tickets to a ball game or the theater? A movie night? A donation to a favorite charity on behalf of a friend? Making a thoughtful gift for a family member? The main point is simple: When it comes to spending time with those you love, it’s all about quality, not quantity..
It all boils down to love. Love from a savior. Love to a neighbor in need. By spending even a little less on gifts we free up our resources to love as Jesus loves by giving to those who really need help. This is the conspiracy…..to give in life-changing ways. We will partner with REST, a Seattle-based human trafficking agency working to free those in the bondage of slavery both locally and from across the world. Bottom line, It’s not that there’s something wrong with the shopping mall—it’s that God is inviting us to a better story about loving all. Let's not simply say no to the way Christmas is celebrated by many; Let's say yes to a different way of celebrating.
Will you conspire with us?
- Tim Gaydos, Pastor of Mission