Real Simple magazine polled 882 readers on the amount they will spend on Christmas gifts for others:

4%: $0 to $99
25%: $100 to $399
34%: $400 to $699
19%: $700 to $999
18%: $1,000 or more

Christmas dollars represent big bucks — God’s bucks. So, is there anything on your list or mine that will leave an eternal impact or does it represent all “stuff”?

Believe me, I enjoy receiving gift cards just like the next person, but can we get real for a minute? Is there anything you truly need? Do you know of a person in your circle of family/friends who are truly in need? Do we even understand the concept of what it means to truly need? I don’t. I’ve never had to go without a meal, a roof over my head, medical care, or warmth.

Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against gift giving! Seeing Brian and the kids open gifts they’ve wanted is a gift in itself for me – there’s nothing wrong with enjoying gift giving or receiving, but is that all there is to your Christmas list and mine?

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For the past few years, we’ve used the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog (1-800-353-5957) to find gifts for part of our shopping list. If you’ve never browsed this catalog, I encourage you to do so before making your final Christmas list. Inside, you’ll find a variety of life-changing gifts, some beginning at only $4.00! Not per month — but a one time gift. And the best part? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared with every person who receives your gift.

This kind of gift may not be wrapped in colorful paper or tied with a bow, but it is wrapped in a promise:

“I tell you the truth,
whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

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