Apr 13, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Winston Churchill said:  “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

When one lives in such a country as the United States, it is easy to take a lot of things for granted.

I believe this truth becomes clearest when we travel to places less fortunate.  We tend to take simple things like clean clothes and suitable water to drink for granted.

Spending a week in Haiti made us more aware than ever of all the blessings we have.

Most of us would not consider a daily shower an indulgence, but rather a necessity.  We tend to complain about paying off college loans, when in many countries going to college is not possible or even allowed.

When we see the poverty, the basic needs of so many in 3rd world countries, as well as our own, we feel overwhelmed.  How can our measly efforts make even the slightest impact?

Even with a small contribution, will it really make that much of a difference at all?

I have a friend who goes to the soup kitchens and donates her time a few hours a week.  I am always amazed when we she tells me how it makes her feel afterwards.

Recently, she told me that by her giving of her time, she finds that she is the one that is inevitably blessed more than those she is helping.

The depth of humility and satisfaction that comes over her makes her wonder – who is really ministering to whom?

Being able to participate in the delivery of real basic needs to truly needy people gives you a sense of gratitude, happiness and thanksgiving for all the blessings in your life.

By getting involved, I believe you will develop a passion for the needy.

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.