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Chia Pets, Coffee Mugs, and Ugly Sweaters

Posted: Tuesday, March 31

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions &amp; Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
Luke 9:7-27
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 12:8-9


Verse of the day:

Never sacrifice sick or defective cattle, sheep, or goats to the Lord your God, for he detests such gifts. (Deuteronomy 17:1)

Chia Pets, Coffee Mugs, and Ugly Sweaters

What do these three things have in common? They rank among the most regifted items of the twenty-first century. Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English defines regift” as: “(verb) To give an unwanted gift to someone else; to give as a gift something one previously received as a gift.” I wonder how many of us would be excited about getting a regifted gift?


There are some important rules when it comes to regifting:

1.      Take off the name tag!

2.      Avoid regifting in the same circle of friends.

3.      Never regift food… you’ll have to do something else with that fruitcake this coming Christmas.

4.      Check inside the box. There may be a hidden surprise that could be embarrassing to everyone.


According to a recent online survey, 78% of individuals have claimed that they have regifted at least once. In fact, regifiting has become a national practice for many following the economic downturn of 2008. Regifting can be seen as a positive act of frugality but let’s call it what it is, cheap. Personally, I am amazed at the coupon clipping craze. I admire those who are able to feed their family of 8 on 95 cents a month… I wish I could do that!  But when it to comes expressing your love for God, your family, or your community, there’s nothing admirable about going cheap. 


Instead of regifting or clipping coupons, Christ-followers are challenged to be generous, even extravagant. God knows just how important it is to be generous. Generosity is good for our heart. People who are generous with their forgiveness, kind words, time, and acts of charity find themselves surrounded by people who love them. Those who dare to extravagantly love God with their time, talent, and treasure discover a deep richness in life that goes well beyond a bank account.


Think of some tangible ways you can express your love for God, for your family, and for your friends and then just go do it. Don’t miss out on the blessing of being generous today.