What should you put in your 1gift4good? Perhaps it’s an actual donation to a charity. Or a good deed that you did intentionally during Advent. It might be as simple as giving a coffee to someone who needs it on the street, or sitting beside a stranger on the bus who looks sad. Or delivering food to a family who needs it. Or dropping off bread for the foodbank. And why stop there? Is there a limit to the gifts you can give for good? Jesus would encourage us to give 1gift4good everyday. On the website, you can print off a calendar to make notes of your “gifts.” Or you can create a 1gift4good box to fill up your good deeds and open that on Christmas morning, or sitting around the table for Christmas dinner. There will also be ideas for congregational events that help families give their 1gift4good many times over. Please comment online with your own ideas. You can also tweet any of your 1gift4goods online, or post them to the Facebook page.
The idea of 1gift4good is to teach leadership among our youth: the role of creative action and resourcefulness, the building up of experience that leads to wisdom and the optimism in seeing the results of small deeds. It is a story to inspire our youth and young adults to do great things. It is an adventure developing within each one of us gifts of loyalty, honour, and a willing heart. In this way, Christmas is not a zero-sum activity – it becomes invaluable. It is not an exchange of goods, but a spreading of goodwill. This is what leaders do, step by step. It is the Christians way to mirror the reign of Christ on earth.