"One gives freely, yet grows all the richer, another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want."
It is the Lenten season, weeks before Easter, the pinnacle moment when Christ rose from the dead, ensuring our fate as Christians is in the arms of the Trinity. What will you be doing this season in preparation for his coming? How often do you take off your blinders to offer help to another? More often than not, it is usually less than we desire. After all, we are busy people and can not find enough hours in the day to ensure our own "to do" list is checked off before turning in for the night. Yet, we as Christians, are called upon to perform stewardship. This was in God's initial plan to unite us from the very beginning. After all, the point is should we be in need, someone would fill it. The need doesn't have to be grand, it can be a small gesture. For example, I was in Lowe's the other day wrestling with a cement bag, those bags sure look much lighter sitting on the shelf. Suddenly, a man appeared and asked, "Do you need help with those?" What a relief, because I surely was unable to muster any more energy to lift such a burden. It got me thinking about the importance of reaching out more.
Volunteerism makes us true Christians. We care called in the Spirit to do so always. By doing so, Proverbs promises we will become richer ourselves. How true this is! No matter how many hurddles life may throw, by helping another I feel richer. There is something about returning that smile, and lending a hand that warms us inside. Makes us realize there is a higher power out there guiding us through lives tasks. One of the first items on my list that needed accomplishment before pursuing a writing career was to put this site together. I knew many people out there were struggling, especially in this economy, and were in need of a spiritual boost. This site was set up as a nonprofit, just to spread God's love and kindness. It warms my soul to know this reaches so many people. I amtouching so many souls and reminding them that they are loved and appreciated. What will you do to leave your mark? How will you be remembered? Reach out today! There is someone out there that will be blessed by your presence.
1. Sometimes we don't have to look past our own door. Is there a family member in need of comfort or help? Are you too busy lately to take the time to call or visit? Get into the habit of making that time, reach out, and in doing so feel the jubilation in helping someone you love!
2. When at church, just read your bulletin. There are numerous groups and organizations you can lend a hand. Or, just call the office and offer your support.
3. Look past your door. There may be a neighbor or friend in need. Smile, and ask how you can help.
4. If your still uncetain, go to Volunteer Match. Here you can be pared up with facilities in your community in need of a helping hand.
5. Most importantly, be on the lookout anywhere you go. Smile, and offer a hand when the need arises and feel the inspiration in return.