Titus 3:14 (NLT) Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive.
It is easy to write a check, to give money or in-kind goods to a cause. It is easy to be moved by the powerful testimony of a life transformed by a particular program. But do we care enough to get to know those who are in the front lines helping? Do we take time to connect with those who are being helped? Money is earned, so you can always earn more to replace what is donated. Time however is given, and can never be taken back.
Do you care enough to volunteer? Not just for the position, but for the need. A lot of people want to volunteer for the board position that gains them recognition, or the one time event that they can say “I volunteer there” but aren’t willing to get to know the true needs of the cause. Realize that the needs change, even in long standing organizations. Do you care enough to really understand the why’s and how’s behind the who’s and dos?
I live in a wonderful community. We have a lot of great causes, with wonderful, compassionate people who truly care about the people they help. They sacrifice more than most people realize because they care.
Take time to care. Your sacrifice will change someone’s life and you will be surprised that usually that life is yours.