As we enter this holiday season there is one thing we can be sure of and that is a lot of time, energy, and money will be put towards trying to get us to spend as much of our income on "gifts" that we can.
For instance, a recent report by the National Retail Federation projects that Americans will spend over seven hundred and twenty billion dollars during the holidays this year, an increase of about 4.5% from last year.
Gifts can be good. Gifts can be fun to get and give. But gifts, for some, can also be a burden and a source of anxiety and disappointment.
So the questions we must ask ourselves is this:
How can we avoid being swept away by the pressures of the holiday season? How can we, followers of Jesus, in the midst of all the buying and selling this holiday season, stay centered in gratitude for all the gifts God has placed within our lives, regardless of its shine or price tag or age?
Or, to put it more directly, how do we hold and not be held by our possessions?
This Sunday we'll be answering these questions in the conclusion of our series on, Gratitude, by exploring what the Bible has to say about the relationship between gratitude and our stuff; or what the Bible calls, treasures on earth.
We look forward to seeing you there.