Following God's Example - Part 1

December 4, 2015, 12:00 am


Giving the Gift of our Time


For many people, time is a precious commodity. It seems that our days are so full that there isn’t much time left to do anything more than we are already doing. Time is probably one of the things we guard the most. I remember when I was a pastor in a church,  when it came to volunteering, people would often say that it was much easier for them to give money than time. I, too, have found this to be true in my own life.

My intent in this week’s blog is to challenge you, the reader, and myself to give the gift of time to someone or someplace during the Christmas season. Perhaps there is someone you know who lives alone. Over the years I have been touched by how much people who live alone appreciate someone stopping by to see them. This was something that my mother modeled for me. When I was growing up she would adopt older people who had lost a spouse. She would visit them and often times shop for them or clean their house. Sometimes she would take my brother and rake, mow, or shovel a driveway. It seemed that at least one of these dear folks would be a guest for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Now, at eighty-three years old, my mom is a widow. My dad passed away a little over ten years ago. With my schedule being what it is, I don’t see her as much as I should. Awhile back I stopped at her house. When it was time to go, she put a hand on my shoulder and thanked me for visiting. It was obvious that my visit meant a great deal to her. Our world is full of people like my mom. Some may live alone while others may be in a nursing home. One thing they have in common is loneliness.

Another way to give your time is to volunteer in some capacity. During this time of year there are numerous opportunities to volunteer. The Salvation Army is usually looking for someone to ring the bell at area businesses. Many ministries and organizations are in need of people to distribute items to those in need. Perhaps you could give a gift of time that extends beyond the Christmas season. This might involve becoming a mentor to a child or coaching a team.

The Bible reminds us that we are God’s workmanship created for good works in Christ. How about giving the gift of time this Christmas?

Talk to you next week.

Tom

 

 

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