There are many ways of showing concern for others. Here’s how you can spend a typical day this season without going any further than your keyboard:
6:30 a.m. Rise, shine and share some devotional time at Following the Star. The Flash-driven experience from Passport, Inc. is designed to help you slow down and meditate, accompanied by peaceful music.
12:12 p.m. Keep up-to-date with your friends on Facebook and use applications such as Causes to invite some them to support organizations you care about, such as Future Leadership Foundation and Soles4Souls.org.
1:25 p.m. After lunch, start your Internet research at GoodSearch.com, powered by Yahoo. Fifty percent of the search engine’s revenues goes to benefit more than 70,000 charities and schools.
3:18 p.m. Visit FreeRice.com during your afternoon break. It is best-known for a vocabulary game with correct answers donating 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program, with more than 51.5 billion grains given since it began in October 2007. Use the Subjects tab at the top to find more rice-donating quizzes in art identification, chemistry symbols, English grammar, geography, language learning and math. Other games are listed at snipurl.com/charitygames.
6:33 p.m. At home, you view the powerful video at AdventConspiracy.org that inspires you to budget for your church, missions and charities this Christmas. With the number of charitable organizations to choose from, it helps to have a Web tool like ServantMatch. It is sponsored by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), an accreditation agency for Christian ministries. Using categories, keywords or geographical locations, ServantMatch suggests particitating members.
8:19 p.m. Wanting to donate more than money, you return to the computer. There you find a two-part blog post at NEED: The Humanitarian Magazine, “Gifts That Give”. Options include malaria-treated nets (nothingbutnets.net), livestock for food sources (heifer.org), landmine-sniffing rats (herorat.org), worms and hygiene kits (Oxfamamerica.org) and microfinance loans (kiva.org). More ideas are at NaturalNews.com.
9:50 p.m. You stifle a yawn. Bedtime already! You power down your computer, knowing that you have only experienced part of many, many possibilities.
The computer is a great tool, but remember the needs around you requiring a human touch. Take time to phone someone, volunteer or just share a smile or listening ear to those that you meet.