As Dr. Mark Green was Dying on an Episode of ER, he imparted these words to his Daughter “be Generous”
Very good and thoughtful words. This past year, we saw the generosity of MANY people shine through – family, friends, and even strangers. Without them we would have been lost. Even the little things meant so much to us.
I did a google search, and I found this definition which I liked best:
Definition of generous (adjective)
benevolent; giving; unselfish; abundant; plentiful
I have always tried to be generous with the money I have been given through work, even when it is not a lot. When I was a full time volunteer making $50 a week, I still gave my 10% away. I never was short on money (thankfully gas was only about $1.50 a gallon back then!), and I always had enough to eat. Many Churches teach about giving 10% to the church – Personally, I like to “spread the love” and give my money to as many charities as I can. I think you have to do what is right for you in your heart.
here are a few of the Charites that I believe in:
http://www.jennifercreed.org/ (paid for ALL of our parking in the hospital!)
http://www.neads.org/ (provides service dogs)
http://www.birthdaywishes.org/ (brings Birthday Parties to homeless children – great gift alternative!)
Of course, not everyone is able to do that. Even just $5 can mean a lot when you are raising a family, or struggling with an illness. But do you have time? I know everyone is “busy” in life, but can you take just a few hours of your time to give blood? http://www.redcrossblood.org/
Alexander had so many blood and platlete transfusions. I will never know how many donors gave up their precious time for HIM. I am forever grateful to the strangers that gave their time to save a life.
Perhaps you could give up a relaxing Saturday afternoon to take time to build a house? http://www.habitat.org/ It is amazing feeling, putting a nail into a home for someone else!
Can you sew? Maybe you can make pillowcases for kids with cancer! http://www.conkerrcancer.org
Whatever you do, do it well, and with a giving heart!
“What I do you cannot do; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great, and none of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”