The big idea behind the Reality’s Advent Conspiracy is to WORSHIP fully, SPEND LESS on gifts, GIVE more presence, and LOVE like Jesus.
It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year. Entering the story of advent means entering this season with an overwhelming passion to worship Jesus to the fullest.
Before you think we’re getting all Scrooge on you, let us explain what we mean. We like gifts. Our kids really like gifts. But consider this: Canadians spend an average of $35 billion a year every Christmas. How often have you spent money on Christmas presents for no other reason than obligation? How many times have you received a gift out of that same obligation? Thanks, but no thanks, right? We’re asking people to consider buying ONE LESS GIFT this Christmas. Just one. Sounds insignificant, yet many who have taken this small sacrifice have experienced something nothing less than a miracle: They have been more available to celebrate Christ during the advent season.
Some ideas for inexpensive/meaningful gifts are on the back-side.
God’s gift to us was a relationship built on love. So it’s no wonder why we’re drawn to the idea that Christmas should be a time to love our friends and family in the most memorable ways possible. Time is the real gift Christmas offers us, and no matter how hard we look, it can’t be found at the mall. Time to make a gift that turns into the next family heirloom. Time to write mom or dad a letter. Time to take the kids sledding. Time to bake really good cookies and sing really bad Christmas carols. Time to make love visible through relational giving. Sounds a lot better than getting a sweater two sizes too big, right?
When Jesus loved, He loved in ways never imagined. Though rich, he became poor to love the poor, the forgotten, the overlooked and the sick. He played to the margins. Our city has thousands of individuals & families in the margins. Reality is called to love in these margins. By spending less at Christmas we have the opportunity to join Him in giving resources to those who need help the most.
Jesus is Reality. You are free to:
worship | live | breathe | give | laugh | love | celebrate | conspire
Click here to see the official ADVENT CONSPIRACY Gift Guide
Click here to see the official ADVENT CONSPIRACY Home Page.
Click here to see the official LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL Advent page.
Christmas can [still] change the world. This year, Give Presence.
This year's Advent Conspiracy funds are going towards LIVING WATERS INTERNATIONAL, an organization drilling wells throughout the underdeveloped world. Primarily in Haiti this year, where the needs are the greatest. Living Waters offers a tall glass of living water, for the good of the community & the glory of God.
Check out one of Living Waters' projects in Haiti here...