Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Think Globally, Act Locally
Ten Thousand Villages is an inviting shop filled with beautiful handmade goods from around the world. They support fair trade and when you make a purchase you are helping to support Third-World families and communities. Instead of buying an upcoming gift for someone at your local big-box retailer, use the store locator to find one of these shops near you and buy something culturally interesting, one-of-a-kind, and reflective of personal creativity.
It is certainly easier to live our lives with blinders on or busy or without intention. But if we take the time to open our eyes, slow down, and think about the people of the world, our view of God and His heart expands, our service and love recreates, and our momentary trials do not seem as looming and dooming. Even checking out books from the library like Material World and Women in the Material World have made me realize all that I have been given and all that I want to give.
In our local living, we may actually be able to make a difference. Who knows if just by opening my eyes and responding with my heart I am able to affect the life of another dear mama across the world. Lord, may it be so.