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Give God Your Purple Dinosaur

Our five-year-old gave me a purple dinosaur. I’m uncertain the occasion. He loved this dinosaur, so I responded, “Son, I can’t receive this gift. This is one of your favorites.”

“But Daddy,” he replied, “I love you. This is my best toy.”

Christians get all worked up about what they should give. Give purple dinosaurs.

What’s the best gift you’ve received? What does receiving thoughtful gifts teach you about God?

Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown is a writer, speaker, and develops strategies that support financial development. He and his wife Elizabeth live in Winston-Salem, NC along with their children Seri and Seth. He served in leadership at two churches as an ordained minister from 2001-2014, leading congregations into financial wellbeing and a holistic approach to integrating faith and finances. Tommy has a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Masters degrees in Divinity and Management. His entrepreneurial endeavors over the years have extended into real estate development and church consulting on stewardship matters. Now, Thomas works alongside an award-winning team of storytellers at Wake Forest University, performing strategic planning and project development for initiatives that fund the university¹s $1,000,000,000 capital campaign. Thomas was instrumental in forming Wake Forest University's financial wellbeing initiative. He has a heart for seeing churches, students, and people of faith form connections between faith and finances.

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