Today the opportunity to give and impact someone else's life has been expanded to easily reach communities throughout the globe. My precious daughter asks for more juice as I write this and I simply open the refrigerator and pour her another glass. If we run out, she does not understand because we are among the privileged on the globe; there is always more. Which leads me to think more about just what we have available to us and how different our lives would be if we did not have these blessings. My son was recently treated for boil that was infected with MRSA. I prayed for his healing and wisdom to be imparted to the medical staff who were treating him. We were able to receive the medical care and medication he needed to heal. A stark contrast from the descriptions my husband has given about his trips to Africa. Medical care was deemed the title, "Bring Out Your Dead Day." In some communities, one day a week families bring their sick miles away, on foot, in hopes of receiving medicine or some sort of medical attention. We complain about waiting in a temperature controlled waiting room longer than we think we should have to wait and others are thankful for an opportunity to bring their very ill family members miles in the elements for just possibility of medical attention. My family is blessed to have received the education necessary to raise our family and in turn fulfill our responsibility in ensuring our children have an education. I can have conversations with my children about their futures. We talk about and inspire our children to become anything they would like to be and what it takes to do that. They have so many opportunities available to them. We are indeed so very blessed.
As you write out your Christmas cards and wrap up the presents, please consider making an impact in the lives of others. Technology has made it more simple than ever to give; with the click of a mouse you can meet a need. Compassion has a catalog that gives many opportunities to make a difference for tomorrow. Click on the link to start giving: http://www.compassion.com/catalog.htm?referer=128060
"Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." 2 Cor. 9:7 (NIV)