People have been there to help us in our time of need. And we’re deeply grateful for the many ways they’ve supported and provided for us. There comes a time for us now to give back.
There are many moments in life in which we’re dependent on the generosity of others and receive their blessings without shame. No one is so independent that they can do life without the benefit of others. We’ve all received help along the way. But hopefully our story doesn’t end here. Hopefully our gratitude eventually translates into giving back.
It’s easy to become so focused on meeting our needs that we forget to care for those around us. But the resources and blessings God has given us are not just for our benefit. They’re also to be used in our practice of love.
Typically, our minds go to giving financially. And certainly money can speak volumes and address many needs. But the greatest need is not always financial.
Sometimes the best gift might be taking the time to cut someone’s grass, picking up groceries, or driving them to an appointment. A simple card or a text message that says we’re thinking about them can go a long way as well. Even with strangers we can give the gift of a smile or offer kindness as they do their best to navigate the tough realities of life.
Whatever it looks like, giving back reminds us we’re in a story larger than ourselves and that we have a part to play in bringing more life and goodness into the world.
We rob ourselves of the impact we’re called to and leave our communities impoverished when we hold back on the gifts and strength given to us.
Be grateful for all that you have and generously practice the art of giving back.