Over the next couple of months, we will have many opportunities to contribute to many non-profit organizations. I believe the key to having the most significant impact in generous giving is learning to say “NO” (read the whole blog before you start hating me).
I’m not talking about saying “NO” to every non-profit organization; I’m talking about saying “NO” to many or most of them. Here’s what I’m suggesting:
First, take a look at how much money you plan to give away this season. Second, instead of choosing 6-10 different organizations to assist, why not choose1-3? I know this means you will have to say “NO” to a few fine-worthwhile causes; but remember, the idea here is to make a larger impact on fewer organizations.
Next time, I’ll talk about how to choose the most worthwhile causes to support during the holiday season.
I know I haven’t been blogging consistently. I’ve been spending a lot of time over the past few weeks planning the new year. I can’t wait for what God is going to do in 2011 at Faithco. For now, let’s reflect on and sum up last week at FCO:
1. Last Wednesday was the deadline for Bikes for Kids letter returns. We will be giving away more bikes this year than ever! Thanks for all you’ve contributed.
2. The momentum of PULSE youth ministry continues to grow. If you have teenagers who don’t attend PULSE, get them there. Its an awesome ministry. They meet Wednesdays at 6:30pm
3. Our weekend worship gathering was great as we kicked off a new series that will lead us into next week’s Christmas Event called The Manger Gathering. Don’t miss it, it will be our best Christmas program/event yet.
4. Bikes for kids in this Saturday. If you haven’t signed up to volunteer, do it quickly. This is truly one of the best things we do at Faithco. You will leave the event changed….really, you will.
Back to our discussion on going home for Christmas:
Last week, I asked you where “home” was for you. How would you feel if I told you that you were going there this Christmas.
Home should give us warm feelings as we think of all the good memories we have.
Why don’t you go home? What keeps you away? Do you get a nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach when I mention going home?
Are there people who once were a part of your life back at home who need to be forgiven, confronted, loved, or even apologized to?
Remember, relational things left undone, will leave wounds in a heart.
So this year, at some time go home…even if it is only in your mind. Search deep within your heart and find what needs to be addressed. Then, go home. Find those people who you need to talk to and say what needs to be said.
If you decided to go home for Christmas, where would you go? For you, where do you consider home? What comes to mind when someone mentions home? Where does your mind go, and what do you remember most when you think of home?
If you found out that you were going home for Christmas, how would you feel? What would be your emotional reaction: happiness, love, belonging……anxiety, frustration, anger?
For the next few posts, get ready to feel something; maybe one of the emotions previously mentioned. Buckle up, we are going Home fo Christmas.