by Tim Dyck, Executive Director
I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of person who avoids shopping on Black Friday if at all possible. Competing with myriad shoppers to save a few dollars on Christmas toys just isn’t my idea of a good time.
On the other hand, there’s a certain appeal to Cyber Monday. Finding great deals online and having them delivered without even having to put on my jacket—now, that’s got my attention! What both of these special days have in common—besides the fact that they follow immediately after American Thanksgiving—is that they are focused on feeding our need to shop. After all, consumerism fuels our economy.
Giving Tuesday follows immediately after Cyber Monday, and in some ways, it is a response to the consumerism of the Friday and Monday prior. In short, Giving Tuesday is not about shopping, but about giving. Giving Tuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering (www.givingtuesday.ca).
Giving takes many forms. It can involve giving of your time and energy to volunteer with a local church or community charity. You could give gifts of money to your church or another charity of your choice. Even sharing acts of kindness is a form of giving. Our hope is that you will see the value of giving in your church, your community, and to the ministries of the EMC.
In the weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020), EMC will be sending out reminders about the day through social media (and through The Messenger—you’re reading it right now!). What are the ways that individuals can give? Stay tuned for stories of the ministry that is happening among the EMC and the impact that a gift of time or funds can make.
But giving is much more than just a way for us to ease our consciences and feel better after two days of gorging ourselves on hyped-up consumer spending. Giving is central to the teaching of Scripture and our understanding of how we function as part of the body of Christ. We were made to give; to serve others rather than taking for ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we want to follow his example and empty ourselves for the sake of others (Philippians 2). While Giving Tuesday is a secular idea, it is a great reminder for believers of how we should live every day of our lives.
At EMC, we want to encourage everyone to participate in Giving Tuesday in some way. To make sure that you get the information, follow EMC on one of our social media platforms: Facebook: /emconference, Twitter: @em_conference, and Instagram: em_conference. To learn more, visit www.emconference.ca/GivingTuesday.
After fighting the crowds on Black Friday, and shopping online on Cyber Monday, you’re going to love giving of your time, talents and resources on Giving Tuesday. After all, the apostle Paul reminded us that Jesus said “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).