It seems at the holidays the topic of giving makes a rampant upswing. End of year donations for tax purposes seemto always be the big reason. Another is the very prevalent need for giving and donations at this time of year. Giving seems to take front and center for our culture around the holidays…the less fortunate, the poor, the homeless. the third world countries. We all seem to be in a better mood, more likely to give, having been filled with holiday cheer.
While I do love people giving to legitimate needs (and let’s be honest, there are some not-so-legitimate ones out there) in our community and our world, why do the majority wait until this time of year? The need is ever present and vital to most of these areas. My other question is why is the focus so monetarily driven? Organizations, shelters, missions all need our time as well. They need our hands just as much as our wallets. They deserve our time spent serving meals, painting rooms, organizing pantries, and folding clothes. From Second Harvest to the Front Porch, every non-profit that seeks to assist others in such small ways that the time spent offering assistance of any sort is welcomed. They need us, just as much as we need them.
Our generosity should be an outflow of the inner state of our heart, not just at Christmas, but year-round.
My challenge for your new year (and mine as well) is be generous with your life year-round. In small ways. In big ways. In ever way.
Want recommendations on where to give…the ones below are closer to my heart but don’t let that stop you!
Your Local Rescue Mission