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Spreading the Christmas spirit

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A story out of Florida this week told how Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack invested some of his financial blessings back into helping people in his hometown so they can enjoy better lives.

Mack paid off all — every single one — of the 300 layaway accounts at a Walmart in Fort Pierce, Fla.

Christmas is not a fun time of year, especially for single parents and intact families who have been forced to contend with unexpected financial challenges.

I can imagine those parents laying away gifts for their children when the items went on sale, then praying that they would somehow find money to pay for the items to ensure the kids had something to open Christmas morning.

I’ve been there myself as a child and a parent.

Impact Christians like Khalil Mack are the embodiment of Jesus’ command in Luke 12:48: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

Mack received $141 million for a six-year contract for the Bears. Nobody would fault him if he chose to spend the money on himself and those closest to him. He earns every dollar with every blow to his body on game day.

However, I think it is admirable that he invested back into the community that nurtured him as a youngster.

Six months ago, his foundation purchased 100 pairs of brand new cleats for his high school alma mater’s football team.

His actions also prove another principle on giving taught by Jesus. Luke 6:37 notes the promise. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Mack is a guy who gives to others not to receive anything in return, but to be obedient to God’s command to be generous on all occasions (2 Corinthians 9:11).

My guess is that the more he invests in whatever God puts on his heart, the more the financial floodgates will open for him.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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