Thursday, March 22, 2012

Making A Difference

It feels good to make a difference.  I don't want to get into an argument as to whether or not philanthropic efforts are truly altruistic or whether they are much more narcissistic than we'd like to admit.  I want to focus on the fact that when we help others, it brings us fulfillment.

One thing my wife and I tried to do weekly (before we were married and were working full-time) was to take a hot meal to the homeless.  We'd cook something, grab some cold drinks, and head out to find someone in need.  Everyone was grateful, and most wanted to talk.  So we did.  Occasionally, we were able to sit down and share a meal with the person.  Some people we saw just once, others we were able to take to more and build a friendship.  It was awesome to be able to minister to them in such a tangible way.

Next time you see someone in need, don't just look the other way.  Don't just dig in your wallet for a $5 or a $10.  Slow down and stop.  Talk with them.  Share a meal.  Get to know them.  Make a difference in their lives, and allow them to make a difference in yours.

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