Our Thanksgiving might be but a happy memory, but our southern neighbours have a way of spreading their influence for good (and sometimes for bad). Part of that cultural exchange has been the twin phenomena of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
As we hurtle toward the Christmas season, it can be easy to get sucked in by the red tags and discounts and forget that the greatest gifts we give are rarely material ones. If you’re getting a great deal on something you would have bought anyway, or if you find the perfect gift for someone you love, great. But as you find yourself surrounded by the hustle and bustle and the loud and quiet voices that demand you spend, spend, spend, consider holding back and saving some of that spending for Giving Tuesday.
Standing apart from its demanding siblings, Giving Tuesday is the day that you separate yourself from some of your hard-earned cash for something with a long-term impact. It’s the day to choose a good cause and send some money their way. If you want to give to CBOQ, that’s wonderful. If you have a favourite organization, or you want to help your church meet its annual budget, those are excellent choices too.
So this December 2, consider stepping back from the tyranny of deal hunting and do a little course correcting.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
-Francis of Assisi