Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 19, 2013

When Less Becomes More

cb devo dec 19“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”  2 Corinthians 8:12 (NIV)

 So many people often feel sad or bad that they don’t have the money or motivation to buy expensive Christmas gifts.  These feelings often lead to the holiday blues or blahs.  In many biblical stories, less often equals more with divine intervention.  For example, David killed the giant, Goliath, with a few stones and his sling (1 Samuel 17:49), Jesus fed the multitudes with a handful of fish and loaves (Matthew 14:19), and Gideon defeated the Midianites when God reduced his army from 32,000 to 300 men (Judges 7:5-6).

While society tends to associate success with lots of money and lavish gifts, Jesus tells us to use what we’ve got.  What do we have in our possession?  Like David, do we have a few rocks?  Can we use them to create a handmade pair of earrings, a beautiful bracelet or a nature inspired necklace for a Christmas present?  As Jesus did, perhaps we can take a simple loaf of bread?  Maybe we can prepare some sandwiches for our single or elderly neighbors.  Many people would love a freshly made snack as opposed to a microwaved meal.  What about paring down our gift list as Gideon did his army.  Give to those who really count and eliminate the stress to impress.  As Gideon discovered, bigger does not always mean better particularly in battle.

 This season, rather than crunch credit cards we can take time to call on our creativity.  Rather than focus on what we don’t have, we can make it our ambition to discover more of what we do possess.  As we tap into our talent, we will see what God has in store as our less becomes more.

 “Lord, help me to become a cheerful giver, and let each present reflect the power of Your presence.”

 For His Glory,

 Eileen E. Hegel (
TRBC Coffee Break


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