Volunteering On Christmas Day or Always Volunteering?

Some of my family and I volunteering at a shelter
Some of my family and I volunteering at a shelter

Volunteering On Christmas Day. Sounds like a good cause huh? It is. At least to me it is. I think giving of your time, money, talents, skills, knowledge, wisdom, and resources in general is one of the most noble things a person can do. I believe that is one of the main reasons we are on this planet, to help one another.

I get an email from one of my cousins on my Father’s side of the family several weeks back that said they had noticed that I have been volunteering a lot lately and they were thinking of doing something along those lines on Christmas Day instead of giving presents to each other. I immediately thought this was a great idea as I have recently taken a liking to reaching out to help others that are less fortunate. There’s just something about it that fills my heart with something that would otherwise be missing, not there. I believe this thing is compassion. It is kindness. It is love. Not the ooey gooey kind between two people, but the kind that was spoken of by Paul in the Bible.

In 1 Corinthians 13:1-8 says, “1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails…”

So, you can understand my pleasant surprise when my cousin et all whom I hadn’t seen in ages said they were wanting to help feed the homeless at a well established shelter in downtown Dallas. I jumped on that opportunity. I felt like I was killing two birds with one stone. Well, actually hundreds of birds with one stone.

What I didn’t like though was the fact that when I was there I found out that many people (like 50%) cancelled or no-showed because of the weather not being “the best.” I just thought, “Wow, I can’t believe something as insignificant as that will stop so many from giving a helping hand.” That tells me that if someone got sick or had something happen in their life that was serious to semi-serious, you could definitely count them out for helping another human being. That’s sad. Then, one of the regular volunteers told me that on Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day you will see so many people helping and giving of themselves to such a good cause, but on any other normal day of the year, not near as many will show up. What does that tell us? It tells me that to most people, helping is a part-time gig. It is just something they will do when they have the time, the money, the ride, the DESIRE! Man. What is this world coming to? Has it always been like that? Will it continue to be this way?

So, I sit and think to myself, “What part am I going to play in that?” As I said in another post, “Am I going to be a part of the problem, or am I going to be a part of the solution?” I choose solution!

Volunteering with a few friends making food for the homeless of S. Dallas

You know, so many people (including myself sometimes) say that they as one person can’t possibly make a difference. I disagree and I’ll tell you why. Do you think this world is made up of You and then everyone else? If you do, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that you’re wrong. This world is made up of you and a bunch of other you’s. It’s made up of a bunch of individuals. People just like you. People with your same problems, challenges, trials and tribulations, successes, and with your same story. All the problems of the world cannot be solved out there, outside of you. There is no such thing as an out there. It always happens within you, within each individual. Make a choice. Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” He didn’t say, “Wish to see change in the world,” or “Hope someone else changes the world.” No. He said, YOU be that change. It begins with you. It always does. If not now, when. If not you, who?

From now on, are you going to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution? The choice is all yours to make. I hope you make the “right” one.

phoenix4With Love,
Bryan Keith Tresenriter

3 thoughts on “Volunteering On Christmas Day or Always Volunteering?

  1. As I said you are a great writer, you are also very imspirational in what you said, I believe we all can do more, it isn’t just about writing a check and feeling like you did your part. Get out there and personally dedicate your time in helping others who are having a difficult time whether it is feeding the homeless or helping the families of wounded soldiers, toys for tots, even helping out in your own community. Check out your neighborhood, get to know your neighbors and see who needs assistance. Even though I have been under the weather, I try to help my volunteering with hospice patients, I often think to myself what else can I do, is it enough? and of course it isn’t. Help is needed and you are an inspiration.

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  2. Thank you so much for the kind words Pam. You are right on the money with how we can be of service to others in many more ways than just pulling out the checkbook (They still have those, or is it all debit cards now Lol). Anyways, I liked the idea you had about getting to know the neighbors and just seeing where you could help out in your own community. Sometimes I feel that people get so focused on all the starving people in (fill in the blank) and we have between 2.5 and 3.5 MILLION (1.5 million or 1 in 50 children) homeless in our own backyards. Why don’t we reach out to them first and then look at our neighbors and fellow humans in other countries? same concept as putting the oxygen mask on you first and then your child when your in an airplane. You can’t do for another if you yourself aren’t all right and able.

    Again, thank you for the comment. Keep em’ comin as I continue to hopefully inspire you with my words.

    If you ever have any suggestions for a good article, feel free to let me know. 🙂

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    1. Exactly, of you course you word things so much better than me, lol, When I moved here I got to know my next door neighbor, no one would, they said he was a weird man that kept to himself, so I did anyway, turns out he has prostate cancer stage four and his family abandoned any responsibility, so I help him out, take care of his cleaning, yard, do his shopping, get his meds and contact his doctors if needed, he was so sweet he sent me flowers and cried, I told him, I am here for you, anything you need, day or night. I am not trying to boast, I just think people should know the people around them, instead of fear, thinking he is weird, get the facts.

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