Good media discernment is about guarding our eyes and hearts before we watch or listen. And it's also about grappling with the entertainment we do see or hear. That's why the Plugged In Blog is devoted to guarding, discussing and grappling.
Christmas is over now. Lots of families are still tossing wrapping paper and putting away presents and wondering how they're going to get rid of those extra pounds they got by drinking too much eggnog. And for some families, it's a time for reflection, too. Now that the hubbub is over, we have more opportunity to marvel at God's greatest Gift of all, and how that Gift has so mightily impacted our lives.
One of the sad realities that I reflect on this time of year is that while lots of people wish one another a Merry Christmas, many don't understand what Christmas really means. Many Americans spent more time thinking about how they're going to return the sweater that doesn't fit than reflecting on what happened in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago.
But Focus on the Family is trying to change that, one family at a time.
Over the last several weeks, I've mentioned some of Focus' very worthwhile programs. And I'll probably be doing more of that in the weeks and months to come. We try to give families the tools to make themselves stronger and better. But we know that it's impossible to have a truly great family without Jesus being a part of it. So while we want you to laugh and love and spend time with each other, we especially want you to love Christ. And according to our research, we're helping people do just that.
In 2012, Focus found that more than 386 people a day committed or recommitted their lives to Christ after interacting with Focus on the Family. Every day we help an average of 50 kids make a commitment to Christ. Praise God!
Some of those people might've received a timely word of encouragement from one of our counselors. Or maybe they read a particularly poignant article in one of our magazines. Some of them committed themselves to Jesus after hearing an Adventures in Odyssey show. Who knows? Maybe some were struck by one of our movie reviews. God does work in mysterious ways after all.
We serve in lots of other ways, too. Millions of people come to us for timely advice every year. And, as I mentioned last week, 560,000 parents were helped through a significant family crisis by Focus last year. I'm really proud of that. I'm proud of everything we do here. But I'm really proud—ecstatic, in fact—that when I get to heaven I'll see so many people that wouldn't be there if it wasn't for Focus.
We obviously don't do this work for the money. But it takes money to do it. Might you consider donating a little to help us help more people? If you'd like, click here, and you'll be well on your way toward helping moms, dads and kids everywhere grow and thrive.
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