“Money is not the only commodity that is fun to give. We can give time, we can give our expertise, we can give our love or simply give a smile. What does that cost? The point is, none of us can ever run out of something worthwhile to give.” ― Steve Goodier
This year at church we are focusing on generosity, and specifically how each of us can do a better job of sharing our time and talents with others. I definitely need the reminders on a weekly basis to be more generous. I believe that we need this reminder more now than ever in our constantly fast-paced busy lives. Sunday after getting my gentle reminder from church, I tried to think how I could put this into practice. I had two commitments for volunteering on Sunday outside of my family, but I really wanted to do something family related. I ended up spending quality time baking with Maleigha. I actually tapped into my inner patience, and let her add in all of the ingredients and do everything with very little assistance from me. She made a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting and Rice Krispy bars. She was so proud of her desserts and most proud of the fact she did it “herself”. Funny how I was trying to be generous with my time and the gift I got in return was so much greater.
This is true in the work we do as well. Even though this is your “job” you are generous with your talents as each of you is incredibly good at what you do. This sharing of your time and talents can sometimes feel like a burden, but I know each of you could quickly remember a time when your payback was tenfold. Never underestimate the difference you make. Your challenge this week is to share your time and talents in a new or different way than you normally do. Step outside of the box and see how rewarding it can be.
“For it is in giving that we receive.” ― Francis of Assisi