Do You DWO or DIY?
Why do some people dread this holiday season?
They forget (or don’t care) about the reason for the season.
They wait until the last minute to buy gifts and end up spending too much money.
They take no delight in the music or decorations, seeing them as commercial and garish – reminders of the stress of the Christmas season.
They see their family and friends as sponges, trying to suck the life out of them – they are hard to buy for or appear unthankful and selfish.
Their gift giving becomes an expected competition that brings no satisfaction.
Why do some people L.O.V.E. the Christmas season?
Their focus is on those they love and Christ.
They’ve creatively plotted and planned all year for decorations and gift giving.
The food, music and seasonal decorations are amazing and their heart is comforted.
They spend more time with family realizing how blessed they are.
They enjoy seeing the delight on my family and friends’ faces when they give them their special gift.
Point #5 Three days ago on December 23 my mom passed away. That's just two days before Christmas. I surely wish I could have seen the delight on my mother's face when she saw that I had found the corner lazy susan she searched for more than a year. My kids have bags full of gifts for a grandmother that didn't come upstairs yesterday morning like she had for the past 13 years. Yes, we still had joy on Christmas day. Why? Our joy at Christmas is a choice. It's all about perspective.
All day today while I was out shopping with Mark, April, Taylor and Jillian I kept thinking, "Mom could use that for Christmas next year." Then I remembered Mom wasn't with us any more. Sometimes you have to work hard at choosing joy – but you can do it!
It’s all about perspective.
Rocking chair – $3.00
Spray Paint – $3.57
Look on his face when he put his favorite bear in his new rocking chair – Priceless
It’s not about the money.
“I give you this gift because I want to show you that you mean a lot to me.”
This is why I DIY.
It saves money.
It allows me to personalize my gifts.
I love to be creative and use my gifts to bless others.
One-of-a-kind gifts are, well, one-of-a-kind.
I believe we should reuse/upcycle/remake/transform rather than buy new if possible. (I’m not a tree hugger, but I do believe we waste a lot of our resources whether it be money, time, or possessions).
I don’t believe we need to "Do WithOut” to bless others. I "Do It Yourself" for myself as well as others.
Let me explain #6
I no longer DWO, I DIY…
Is this you?
You can’t justify buying things for yourself or your house because you’re so tight financially? Yet, you never think twice about spending money on the kids, giving to charity, or supporting ministry. I honestly thought it was my Christian duty to DWO. DWO was a way we could show humility and be a blessing to others.
Seriously. There is no reason you can’t do both.
Frugality ≠ DWO
Are you a DIY'er or DWO'er?
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