It’s that time of year – from public radio to your place of worship to non-profit organizations across the country, all have begun or are gearing up for the giving season. From telethons to texting campaigns, special events and direct mail, we are all are hoping you will choose our mission to support. It is a hard choice. There are so many deserving charities who make an incredible difference in the lives of children, veterans, those with cancer or special needs. From clean drinking water in Africa, to after school education and enrichment programs in low income areas, the need is great and funding is limited.
I was recently given the book The Genius of Generosity by Chip Ingram. Ingram explains that he paired the words genius and generosity together to emphasize that a life overflowing with care and concern for others is a brilliant way to live. He teaches that both practically and spiritually giving generously is one of the smartest, most intellectually sound and emotionally satisfying decisions we can make. Basically, it feels good to give!
And I would add that it is not just giving of financial resources, but of time and talents that give one a sense of meaning and fulfillment. From delivering meals to the elderly to providing peer support to a new NICU family, there are countless ways you can make an impact in the lives of those in our community. [Continue reading]