by Erin Bird
During Advent, we are considering the four tenets of Advent Conspiracy: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, and Love All. If you are familiar with Advent Conspiracy, I encourage you to not skim or skip this week's article, but to take time to read and ponder. If you are unfamiliar with the heart and intent behind Advent Conspiracy, read this explanation.
To take us into week two, here is the Advent Conspiracy team with their thoughts on Tenet #2: Spend Less.* Enjoy!
"Spend Less" is an ambiguous goal. Spend less than last year? Spend less than my neighbor? The truth is, there is no formula. The challenge of this tenet is to be willing to ask more questions and then be open to hearing what God says in return.
So as you consider a purchase, ask yourself:
You see, spending less requires us to plan. Instead of mindlessly shopping online and ordering more than we know what to do with, we take the time to think about each purchase. We strive to thoughtfully evaluate what we support with our spending. And we allow our spending to support products, people and causes worthy of being supported. By spending a little less on ourselves, we are able to more joyfully give to others in need.
It’s important to remember that when we choose to spend less on Christmas presents, it doesn’t mean that we love our friends and family any less. In fact, for many of us, we’ve found that the creative, intentional gifts we give showcase our love – and perhaps God’s – more clearly than ever before.
More than just an invitation to say no to overspending, Spend Less is an invitation to a new way of celebrating. This year, start a new tradition of spending compassionately and responsibly.
Some ideas to help you Spend Less this Christmas:
*appeared originally on the Advent Conspiracy blog
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