In the Spirit of Giving December 22, 2016
Charles Dickens’ classic work A Christmas Carol outlines the need of human kindness and compassion for not only a hurting world, but the hurting human soul of Ebenezer Scrooge. The role of the Christmas spirits is to remind the wicked Scrooge that he is a part of a world that is much bigger than his individual concerns for wealth, or fear of inconvenience; and in fact, he is carrying a wounded soul destined for eternal calamity.
The answer to healing his soul, according to Dickens and demonstrated in Biblical scripture, is generosity.
“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
Science shows that humans are wired for kindness; we prefer compassion and our capacity grows with practice. Spending time each day to cultivate an attitude of compassion promotes happiness and life satisfaction and helps it come more naturally to kids and adults alike.
Research from Psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky reports that when we’re kind to another person, we feel more optimistic and positive. In addition to fostering feel-good emotions, kindness and empathy toward others is actually good for our health.
Kindness is active, it participates in the world through giving and great deeds.
Kindness takes many forms – not limited to exclusively giving monetary donations. Instead, the joy of volunteering should not be lost in the all the hustle of holiday activities and charitable donations, because a volunteer gives a very precious gift: presence.
A volunteer offers a smile, a helping hand and a willing heart. What can be more comforting to the soul in need? What reflects the true spirit of Christmas more?
“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.”
Samaritan volunteers bring compassion and hope for people struggling with heavy burdens. With a variety of skills and backgrounds, compassionate people are serving in our Beaverton headquarters office. We appreciate each hour that our volunteers can give.
Currently, we have an immediate need for Front Desk Reception & Scheduling. Would you like to learn more?
We provide the opportunity to volunteer 4 or more hours per week and to learn Appointment Plus Scheduling software while contributing to a great non-profit ministry at our international headquarters in Beaverton. Contact Rinda at 503-644-2339.
Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”