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Very Moving Song…

Played this in worship yesterday.

Maybe George Costanza was right… partly.

In the final season of Seinfeld, the Christmas show was hilarious for many reasons. Who can forget Festivus and the feats of strength? But in one of the sub-plots of this episode George is introduced to the idea of giving money to a charity instead of buying someone a Christmas gift. Of course, George being who he is, realizes that if he creates a phony charity – “The Human Fund” –  he can get credit for giving a Christmas gift without actually giving a gift.
Setting aside George’s motivation for this approach, I think he may be onto something though. How many times at Christmas are we struggling to come up with an idea of what to buy someone that year? Have you ever wandered through the store just looking for something just so you can have a gift to give? Is that really what Christmas is about?
There are many charity options available for donations at Christmas time. Two that I support are Heifer International and Operation Smile.  These two are examples of gifts that “keep on giving” in the lives of those who are helped and even beyond. It doesn’t matter so much which charity you support as long as you are sure the money is actually going where you intend it to go. George’s Human Fund is not the only scam out there, unfortunately.
If you are having trouble finding the right gift for someone this year, consider giving a gift that will truly make a lasting difference in someone’s life. Give a gift to the charity of your choice in the name of someone you love.
Of course, this doesn’t apply to whatever gifts you are going to give to me. I still want the stuff… or just the cash… whichever is easier for you.

The Question for President Obama today…

The election results of Nov. 2, 2010 were not shocking. The general outcome had been predicted for weeks. But there is a question that is still to be answered – what will President Obama take from these events?
Several times in Proverbs we are told about the importance of heeding correction. For example, Proverbs 13:18 (CEV) “All who refuse correction will be poor and disgraced; all who accept correction will be praised.” Will President Obama accept correction from the electorate or not? That is still an open question. Leadership is not simply doing what people want. Good leaders often lead in unpopular directions for the good of the led. But both extremes should be avoided. Leadership should balance both courage and responsiveness. Did Obama hear the loud voices of many of his own supporters? Or will he reject correction? Only time will tell. If he is a wise man, he will learn and adjust accordingly.
But what about you and me? Correction is not just for presidents, it is for all of us. God provides loving correction for all His children. And though God’s discipline is not pleasant, it does work good in us – if we heed it. (Heb. 12:11) Are you listening to God’s correction in your life? Only time will tell.