Ok. You did your due diligence. At first, you were thoughtful, practical and frugal. Next phase-spontaneous, open-minded and generous. Final phase-desperate, panicking and frantic.
Yes, you shopped 'til you dropped, but now, with Christmas Day just moments away, you may be humming to yourself, "I have no gift to bring pa rum pa pum pum."
On the birthday of our Lord and Savior, you have come up empty-handed, and instead of bursting with tidings of comfort and joy, you are filled with disappointment and fatigue.
If you didn't find that "perfect" gift, don't worry-you are not a failure. You can be proud that you didn't help support the giant factories that provide us with monstrous piles of cheaply produced plastic goods and the resultant pollution from their manufacturing process-just for the sake of buying something anything, to show that you care.
There is an alternative Christmas shopping solution and no, you won't be mistaken for Scrooge. In fact, it is an act so selfless, you won't even get the satisfaction of an appreciative reaction to your present. But it will be appreciated.
Rather than focusing on impermanent material things, it just makes sense to devote our energy to something Jesus asked us to do, since we are honoring His birthday. "Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
You can either work an entire day to buy a gift that may not be appreciated or even used, or you can devote that day to something that will make a lasting, positive impact in someone's life.
For example, Waipuna Chapel in Kula is collecting funds to build a clean water well. There are approximately 883 million people throughout the world who don't have drinkable water-which is one of the main reasons for rampant disease around the globe.
We don't know them, but they will soon know Maui. And you can make your donation in the name of a friend, family member or yourself. Send your gift to 17 Omaopio Road, Kula, HI 96790, and indicate "water well" in the subject line of your check. Call 878-6343 for more information.
How's that for a birthday present for Jesus? Think outside the gift box and the weary world can rejoice. It's an entirely appropriate response in this holiday season. In fact, it's the reason for the season.