I’m Tired of Helping Poor People

I’m Tired of Helping Poor People

It was our family’s last Christmas in Guatemala. We were moving back to the United States in just a few months. I was distraught about leaving, so I wanted our last Christmas to be truly memorable with us all together – just us.

When my dad announced that, once again, we’d be serving meals and giving toys to poor kids in a village on Christmas Day I was upset, “Dad, I’m tired of helping poor people!”

I’ll never forget the fire that came to my dad’s eyes. He squared off with me, put his hands on my shoulders, and quoted Proverbs 19:17:

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.

That was all I needed to hear. I just needed to be reminded that Christmas isn’t all about my family or me.

It’s really easy to get caught up in the chaos of Christmas. I think we all want Christmas to be meaningful and memorable, so we go crazy trying to make it happen. We get so busy and stressed that we forget what Christmas is really about.

The only way to have a truly meaningful and memorable Christmas is to make it about giving to others.

That final Christmas in Guatemala was uber-meaningful for me. I’ll never forget it. But not because our family was all cuddled together opening gifts on Christmas morning. No, it was meaningful because my dad took the time to remind our family what is most important in life.

Enjoy your Christmas. Just make sure you set yourself up to enjoy it for reasons that really matter.