7 Ways to Give of Yourself at Christmas - and Every Season
Yes, I know I suggested we not focus on monetary giving, but it is not something to be overlooked. Instead, I would challenge that we shift the way we offer up our funds.
I have one challenge for you to consider financially in 2013:
Instead of dropping money into a plate or writing a check without considering how much it totals, I ask that you be intentional about your gift giving. Find an old milk carton, wash it out and fill it over the next 12 months. When you have loose change or extra 20s, place the money in the container. (Just be sure to dispose of the pocket lint.)
Over the course of the year, look for families that typically go without during the Christmas season, and do the shopping for them. Play Santa to a family of children who have yet to open Christmas gifts, or bless a single parent who never buys for themselves, and so on. Keep your eyes open for need, and you’ll find it.
If you’re like hundreds of other Americans, you likely struggle to balance home and work life, making it hard to give of your time to others. Therefore, financial donations seem like the easiest gift, right?
But, wait. Have you considered spreading the talents that make you successful in your career to others? Regardless your profession, you, too, have something to offer.
Have vocals that belong among the angels? Why not share them with others while you’re here on Earth? Find a local children’s shelter, retirement home or homeless shelter, and use your pipes to lift the spirits of those around you.
Do you have a camera at your disposal? If so, why not offer to take portraits of those within your community who lack memorable moments? Go create a special memory! Take the camera out of the bag, dust it off and put it to good use. There are families all throughout your community who could use a reason to smile.
Have you convinced yourself your skills at bookkeeping are just for your day job? Think again! I know hundreds of nonprofits struggling to get their feet beneath them, as they have yet to start a business from the ground up. Wondering how you can help? Be available. Simply let others know (via social media, church bulletins, etc.) of your willingness to help, and I assure you, the right organization will find you.
Overall, my challenge for you over the next year is this: Find ways to give of yourself. Understand anything and everything you have to offer is meaningful to those in need.
Know that YOU are the most valuable gift you have to give … and others can receive.
What are some of your favorite ways to give of yourself throughout the year? Share your ideas below!
This article was originally featured on the Compassion blog here.
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