Gift of Time
Gift of Time
Sabbath Economics practices lifestyles of enough rather than accumulation and always seeking more. We wish for our security to be placed in relationships and in God’s sufficiency rather than in private assets which are regarded as more transient and less secure.
So often, our lives become enveloped in the vicious cycle of consumption and increasing our personal wealth. We spend the majority of the day working to earn money. We go home, sleep, and do it again, all so that we will have the ability to purchase the next bigger and better or find security in our personal finances. All the while, we have squeezed any room for relationship with God and others.
Break Ground - Give Your Time
Giving away your time is critical as we seek to empty ourselves of our addiction to self, allowing God to make us Holy as we love one another.
Ways that you can gift your time this Christmas Season
- Prepare a full course meal for your friend or family member that allows you to spend time in meaningful conversation and fellowship.
- Write a thank you letter. Take the time to simply tell someone how grateful you are that they are a part of your life and why you appreciate them.
- Give a massage.
- Find out a person's LEAST favorite thing that they have to do on a regular basis and do it for them. (washing the car, taking out the trash, etc) Then take their extra time and spend it with them.
- Hand make a cookbook filled with meaningful recipes that reflect your relationship with someone. Then make time to cook at least one recipe a month together
- Read. Spend some time renewing your mind and just plain enjoying yourself. Here is a list of our favorites…
- Irresistible Revolution (Shane Claiborne)
- Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom
- The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
- A Wrinkle In Time - Madeleine L’Engle
- Being Consumed William T. Cavanaugh
- The Freedom of Simplicity – Richard Foster
- Compassion - Henri Nouwen
- Torture And Eucharist - William T. Cavanaugh
- Walking On Water - Madeleine L’Engle
- Embracing The Love Of God - James Brian Smith
- Living Justice – Jamie Gates and John Middendorf
- Evangelism After Christendom - Bryan Stone
- Engaging the Powers - Walter Wink
- Jesus For President – Shane Claiborne
- Resident Aliens – Stanley Hauerwas and William Willimon
- Peace Child – Don Richardson
For more ideas visit – http://www.rethinkingchristmas.com
Dig Deeper - Donate Your Time
Volunteer your time. Do not grow content in simply sharing your money with the poor. Give the gift of time to the disenfranchised by volunteering at a local shelter, food distribution, elderly home, or other ministry geared towards serving the marginalized. Invite friends and family to share in this experience together.
Ways to Volunteer
As we begin to dig deeper and looking at how we give our time, we look not only to give bits of our time as a “service” to others, but we seek to give ourselves. Consider giving more of yourself and look into longer programs that will provide the opportunity for a full time gift of your presence.
Catholic Based Services
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Word Made Flesh
Amongst the Roots - Keeping the Sabbath
How did Jesus spend his time? Was it spent working to make money and accumulate wealth? Giving small bits of our time to the most important people in our lives is a great start. However, we need to rethink the way that we live our lives and where the majority of our time is spent and for what reason?
In the story of creation, after six days of creating, on the seventh day God is the one who is said to have rested. (Genesis 2.1-3) It’s important to note here that not only is God modeling rest here, but the text says that God made this day holy because of the importance of this rest.
Setting aside a day in the regular course of time dedicated to God, to resting, to worship (thanksgiving) and to full dependence on God for provision becomes a critical part of our lives as Christians and allows us to truly give the gift of time to God, others, and ourselves.
Try turning off the tube, turning off the computer, and keeping the Sabbath Holy
To learn more read Living in the year of our Lord’s favor: Sabbath Economics and Jubilee, or Marva Dawn's Keeping the Sabbath Wholly.