For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required
I’m blessed. Like, extremely blessed. I have always known this, but lately I’ve become very aware of it.
Luke 12:48 (scripture above) has weighed on my mind a lot lately as well. And I realized it’s time to really start giving back.
Through the years I’ve given of my time off and on, though not hardly enough. I’ve volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Girl Scouts of America (of which I’m a proud alum.)
I often turn down solicitations of money, preferring to give my time instead. My reasoning was usually that I didn’t have the money to give. But, strangely, I’d have money for trips, dinners out and new clothes.
A recent conversation with a close friend kind of made it clear for me.
“I think it’s a 30 thing,” he said.
We were thinking back to when we started caring. Caring about helping people and truly committing our time and resources to causes that had nothing to do with us. His theory is The Change happened when we turned 30.
Regardless of the when or why, it’s time. So, I’ve started taking steps to really give back. I’ve joined my local college alumni association, which provides scholarships to students in need, and another organization known for community service in the black community. I’ve paid dues, joined committees and plan to give monetarily.
It’s time. Probably past time. And I’m actually excited.
What’s your take on philanthropy/volunteerism? Do you prefer to give money, just your time or both?