Thursday, December 8, 2011

Giving A Gift That Really Makes a Difference...

Do the holidays ever feel empty to you?

I love giving my children, family, and friends gifts. But, in all honesty, I can't think of one person that I actually give gifts to that is truly in need.

We are so blessed, so fortunate to have all the things we have. We may not all have well-padded bank accounts or hundreds of dollars left over after all the bills are paid each month, but I think it would be safe to say that most of us have enough money to eat and live in a comfortable, heated home with clean water and electricity.

Our family sponsors two children through World Vision. Bionelli, age eight, is from the Dominican Republic, and we just recently started to sponsor Cristofer, a two-year old from Guatemala.

And it was through our first sponsorship four years ago, that we became aware of a great, life-sustaining gift-giving opportunity through World Vision. And since then, it's become a family tradition.

Tuesday night after dinner, we cleared the table and laid out the World Vision gift catalogs. We each took turns picking out gifts. Brad and I contributed a larger sum of money and then each of the children were given the opportunity to contribute part of their savings, which all three did.

We had a great time. And the children loved being able to be part of something bigger than themselves.

So, how can you reach out and really impact someone else this holiday season? Think bigger than you and your little family. Think bigger than your little world.

Who needs to be blessed by you?

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