Day 14: A Helping Hand

Acts of service. Giving back. Volunteering. Whatever you choose to call it, one of the most important things we as human beings can do is look for ways to help and serve others.

Growing up, my parents provided an example of that mindset through church activities, 4-H club leadership, and helping in many ways in our rural school district. Preparing meals for the sick, organizing classroom parties and field trips, giving up precious free time to guide children in community clean-up projects – my parents were almost always doing something in service to others.

We’ve already started to show Little C the value we place on helping, even at her young age. Big C and I volunteer with several different groups, sometimes together and sometimes independently. We both enjoy spending a (usually VERY hot) day running the 4-H Food Stand at our county fair each summer, and we’re both involved with our local FFA Alumni chapter. We also give a lot of time to church-related activities, and when Little C gets older I know we’ll spend plenty of time at her school. Any time we can, we bring her along to these events, and we’ve started letting her “help” as appropriate. I hope as she grows up, she never remembers a time when our family wasn’t trying to help a person or group who could benefit from our time and talents.

Nearly a year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through our area. Our church and others organized a relief center to help victims of the storm. This photo was taken one afternoon when we were volunteering to staff the center.

Nearly a year ago, a devastating tornado ripped through our area. Our church and others organized a relief center to help victims of the storm. This photo was taken one afternoon when we were volunteering to staff the center.

Too many people in this world have the mindset of “it’s all about me.” What they don’t know is that when you do things for others, without expectation of reciprocation, not only does that person benefit, but you as the giver also benefit, quite possibly even more than the person you’re helping. We all have ways we can give back, if we only will open our eyes and look around.

Little C, my little farm girl, I hope you strive to be a giver more than you are a taker, and remember to look for ways to use your unique gifts to make the world a better place.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

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