I am going to begin with one of my favorite quotes EVER!
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
Let that line sink in.
I have a giving heart. It is my nature. It's how I am made up. I believe stewardship is a matter of the heart. There’s an old story about a dad who gave his son two quarters as he heads for Sunday School. He told the boy that he should give one quarter in the offering and he could keep the other to get an ice cream cone. (I guess that price for an ice cream cone proves how old the story is). As the boy walked down the street he accidentally dropped one of the quarters which then rolled into a storm drain and disappeared. The boy looked for a moment down the drain and then slowly looked toward the sky, sighed and said, Well God, there goes your quarter.
Powerful statement ha?
Here we visited a small school in Costa Rica. A planned visit while on vacation. To meet with the teacher and classroom of children. This school while small had great needs. We brought boxes of school supplies and toys. What a blessing of a day and memory that we carry in our hearts spending time with these children. Getting to know them. Knowing that in some small way we might have made a difference!
You can too! Here are some of the reasons why people give back in their communities and beyond. What’s your biggest reason for volunteering?
Make an impact: Looking to make a real, lasting difference in this world? Unlike other aspects of life volunteer. It's life changing!
Strengthen communities: From cleaning up a street to reading to kids at the local library, or feeding the homeless YOU can make a difference.
Meet others: Looking to broaden your network or find others with similar interests? Volunteering is a great way to meet similar minded people.
Improve your health: Yes! Volunteering is actually good for you. Studies have shown this!
Volunteering is a selfless act, but it has a lot of personal benefits. What can you do to give back in your community?