I have not been a big fan of Christmas for many years, and for the life of me, I can’t really put my finger on why. People ask me the silly question, “What’s the deal, don’t you like Jesus?”. Of course I like Jesus… I’m just not a big fan of what we have done to His birthday. Somewhere along the way, all of the trappings, commercialism, and obligations of this season just got to me. Maybe it was when my kids got older, maybe it was when I got too old… Call me Scrooge.
This year, I sense that changing. I’m getting really fired up about the way that we are “doing” Christmas at Seacoast Church. Instead of all the traditional ways that churches treat Christmas (not that there’s anything wrong with that), we’re putting some real action to the season. We’re calling it Hope Epidemic, and the whole month of December centers around giving of ourselves to help curb the global water crisis.
The lack of clean drinking water steals the lives of 5,500 each day—that’s more than war, natural disasters, AIDs or even hunger. It is a silent killer—one that quietly preys on the world’s most marginalized and forgotten people. Today, 1 in 8 people in the world live without clean drinking water; that is about 1 billion people in the world. The lack of clean water and sanitation results in approximately 1.8 million children dying every year from water related diseases.
Christmas has always been about the simple idea that it is better to give than receive and I feel like this year, maybe for the first time in my life, I’m beginning to understand what that really means. Our simple sacrifices can mean clean water for people who will die without it. I’m all in.
What real difference can you make this Christmas?