A Day to Give
When I saw this challenge over at We Are THAT Family, I was excited…
Not only did it tug at my heartstrings, but it also ties into what I’ve been trying to focus on for My One Month. I couldn’t wait to help someone and then write about it.
I thought about how I might be able to make a difference. There are so many needs out there, and so many great organizations and causes…
Everywhere I went, I kept an eye out. I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to give. And while I looked for a need around me, I did other things…
Like help in my kids’ classrooms.
And volunteer with my daughter at a luncheon at our church.
And make a donation to breast cancer research when the person at the checkout stand asked if I wanted to contribute.
And send a check for the little girl we sponsor in Uganda through REACH.
Please don’t think I’m telling you these things to pat myself on the back or to list them as my “acts of giving”.
I’m sharing them because, honestly, the things I did seemed small. I still wanted to help with a “big need” out there. A need where I could really give.
Then I drove through the neighborhood and saw a neighbor watering the lawn of a house nearby. A house that wasn’t his. The people who lived there had moved out, and this neighbor was going out of his way to keep the lawn from dying.
And I got to thinking…
Just like I’m realizing more and more that it’s the little things that truly matter in life, it’s also the little opportunities to give, when acted on, that can make a big difference.
Opportunities like watering that lawn.
And making that donation.
And helping at our kids’ schools.
It’s living life with open hands and giving freely, not only in situations where you can make a big impact, but also in everyday circumstances where you can help out and touch lives in ways you may never know.
Thank you Kristen for this challenge and for reminding me to “keep a lookout” every day for the needs of others, big and small.
From the book One Month to Live:
“Whether it’s through our churches, our schools, our companies, our neighborhoods, or our families, we’re called to come together to help others.”