This year we started a new tradition- to fill a Sparkle Box full of presents to Christ for His birthday (you can read about it here). On Saturday, we sat down and read a few scraps of paper of the things we did for “the least of these” this month. It was great to focus on Christ, and know that not all the presents were for ourselves. However, my hope is that this one tradition grows each year. For our first year, I’ll admit, we weren’t perfect. We often forgot about our goal to give a gift to Christ. We ran out of time or money to do some things that we would have loved to do, and should have done. Part of me feels bad, because I know that these are cheap excuses that our awesome God doesn’t deserve. I am humbled by His perfection, His patience, and His unyielding love and time for all.
What gives me hope is that we don’t have to give back to God just in December… This was just a beginning to a wonderful tradition, full of worthy intentions. And, just like my mom starts shopping for Christmas on December 26th and goes until the following December 25th, I think we will try to fill our Sparkle Box in the same way.
If you need ideas to fill your sparkle box, I found this great blog called The Shine Project. Check out her entry on 51 Holiday Service Projects and get started with your Sparkle Box now.
How have you done with your Sparkle box? Do you have any great ideas and ways to fill it?