We have so much.
We have so much food.
So much stuff.
So many toys.
So many clothes.
So many wheels.
So many resources.
So much free time.
I am trying to get across to the boys how much we have and how big of an obligation we have to share food. to share toys. to share clothes. to share wheels. to share our resources. to share our time.
All those things should not just be for us and our family and our friends.
We do Operation Christmas Child boxes every year, and a toy drive through Noahs work, but this year I wanted to add to it. Enter the Samaritan's Purse gift catalog. The gift catalog has all kinds of gifts that you can sponsor for people who need help.
I got so excited as I read through it with the children. In honor of Berean I will pay to feed a hungry baby for a week. In honor of 4 healthy births I will help save the lives of Mothers and Babies. In honor of sweet Lincoln who loves milk I will help provide milk for another child. In honor of Lincoln who got bit over and over while we were camping I will buy a mosquito net for a child in a malaria infested country.
Roman listened carefully as I read through the catalog. He said that he wanted to buy a fruit tree for a family. Deacon wanted to provide food provisions for a family for a month. "that way", he said, "I can help a baby and a big brother".
It made me sad to think that a "cheap" dinner out for our family of 6 could feed a family for a month. And that instead of buying halloween candy I could have used the money to buy an emergency shelter for a family.
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these...you did for Me."
Matthew 25:40b NIV
As we enter the holiday season I am going to be asking myself these questions:
What do I really need to spend money on?
What could I do with my money that would make an impact bigger than me?
How can I teach my kids to want less and give more?
I think I know the answer to that last question.
I need to model it.
I encourage all of you to check the links and inspire your family to give!