Monday, March 2, 2015

'Give while you live'

Last week my brother said he liked the phrase, "Give while you live." He meant giving to charities and causes that are important to you when you're still alive rather than simply leaving money in your will. He not only likes that phrase. He lives it. As a result, he's reaping the joy of sharing his resources and seeing the difference that makes in lives. One way he does that is through funding a scholarship at a college from which he, my sister and I graduated. Through that program he gets to know personally the impact he's making on young lives.

His phrase made me think more broadly about giving, too. We have so many opportunities each day to make a difference in the lives of others—and at the same time, make a difference in our own life. We have so many ways to share. We can share our money and other resource, of course. And we can also share smiles, hugs and kindness. We can share stories and tears. We can share forgiveness and compassion. We can share patience, encouragement and validation. At the base of it all is love; we can share our love.

A heart that is open and giving, sharing love and care in multiple ways each day, is also a joyful heart. What gifts are you being called to share today?

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