Tonight as people are camped out overnight in anticipation of the biggest shopping event of the year, I am snuggled up on my couch, flipping through my World Vision gift catalog, trying to decide if I want a goat or ten chickens. That's right. You read it right. You see, every year my husband's side of the family has a Secret Santa gift exchange for the adults, and we all submit a "wish list" ahead of time. Goat or chickens? Either way, I am thrilled to ask for my gift to come from a catalog where gifts change lives.
I look around my living room as I relax against my fluffy pillows, tummy filled with the bounty of the Thanksgiving feast, and I am overflowing with thanks. I feel truly rich. How can I not when I see these lovely faces in the magazine and the joy that comes from providing the most basic necessities for their very livelihood. Basic. Food, shelter, clean water, education, protection. Livelihood.
We live in a culture where the latest and greatest rule, yet we all sincerely want to make a difference. Don't we? This year when you are looking for a unique gift for your loved ones, consider a gift that will keep giving long after the season. It could save someone's life! And THAT is the true joy of giving.
So please go to www.worldvisiongifts.org to shop the catalog. Give a donation and receive a lovely bracelet or scarf for your mom, a Veggie Tales video for your kids, or stainless steel mug for yourself. Your budget may be tight, but even the smallest gift goes a long way.