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!
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.