Expressions of Love
How many of you are finished with all your Christmas shopping? How many of you haven’t even started? How many of you plan to just skip the whole shopping thing and go straight to the Christmas dinner? Wherever you stand on Christmas gift shopping and giving, Americans spend a lot of money on Christmas. Retail sales for Christmas 2017 were projected to be $1 trillion!1
But while that number is a bit mind-blowing, here is another fun number for you: $60 billion. That’s how much Americans spent on their pets - $60 billion.2 Do we put our money where our heart is… or do we fill empty places in our hearts by spending money? Is a gift an expression of love? How do you perceive God’s love for you? Do you feel you need to earn it? Do you wonder if God’s love is meant for you?
1Bryan Pearson, “Holiday Spending to Exceed $1 Trillion—And 11 Other Surprising Data Points of Christmas,” Forbes.com, December 22, 2016
2Michelle Castillo, “Americans Will Spend More Than $60 Billion on Their Pets This Year,” NBCNews.com, July 12, 2015