I don’t mind admitting mistakes, and my last post contained (gasp!) two big ones. In an attempt to take a light-hearted look at our penchant for giving a name to every day during the week of Thanksgiving, I suggested that naming rights were still available for Saturday, and maybe we should call it “So Long Saturday” in honor of guests who might be wearing out their welcome.
I had managed to overlook that the day is already known in some circles as “Small Business Saturday.” I guess small businesses don’t send out as many email notices and flyers as big retailers do to remind us that they’ve claimed the day.
I also had received so many “Giving Tuesday” requests prior to Thanksgiving that I assumed “Giving Tuesday” was logically the Tuesday before Thanksgiving (while folks are feeling thankful and haven’t yet binged on shopping), but I was wrong again. Giving Tuesday, which started in 2012 as a project of the 92nd Street Y in New York City in partnership with the United Nations Foundation, is celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — i.e., today.
It didn’t take long for charitable organizations around the globe to climb on the Giving Tuesday bandwagon, and for good reason. As we make those Christmas lists, we should certainly include the non-profit organizations we support, from our local churches to social ministries to hunger relief and other entities designed to inspire and encourage.
Although I jumped the gun and made some donations early, some of my Christmas/Giving Tuesday donations beyond the church are directed to a local ministry of presence, to global missions through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, to the Woman’s Missionary Union of NC, to Baptist Women in Ministry, to the Baptist World Alliance, and to Baptists Today, which can’t survive on subscription income alone, but relies on charitable contributions to continue bringing quality news, features, information, and Bible study resources to Baptists and anyone else who finds them helpful.
If you’ve not yet made any “Giving Tuesday” donations, it’s not too late. If you want to include Baptists Today (and I hope you do), you can do so online or send contributions to Baptists Today, P. O. Box 6318, Macon, Ga. 31208-6318.
Best wishes for a happy Giving Tuesday, and for every day of generous living …
Professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School in Buies Creek, North Carolina, and the Contributing Editor and Curriculum Writer at Good Faith Media.