Rise to Give

 

Today I want to suggest that when we rise up to give to others, we are not only at our best, but also our most happy.  When we use our talents and give of our time to help others rise up, we feel like a million bucks.  This is a major understanding of enjoying life.  It may require that you rise up when you least feel like it when you really already have a lot on your own plate, but you rise up and do something extra for others.

One comment from a young man was all it took to confirm to myself why I speak to youth groups.  I have spoken to many youth groups over the years about various topics that add value to their lives.  But one day at Mitchell High School I had been talking to classes all day, one after another and was on my last class for the day.  I was introduced and begin my talk and shortly after I got started, the one young man, whom I didn’t think was even engaged, raised his hand.  I called on him and he said, “I think it is really great that you’re taking your time to come and talk with us today.”  What an affirmation for the work that I did to prepare and speak to these groups.  One comment boosted me through the day.  True happiness and true fulfillment come from us giving our best to others using our talents.  Your talents may be in the form of baking something, drawing something, working for a group, speaking to a group, or just showing up and making yourself available.  Whatever your talent is, when you step up believing that you have something to offer and really delivering on it, you will find that it multiplies back to you.  It is the simple story of sowing and reaping.

I want to encourage you today to find someone, somewhere, some group that you can go to and extend a hand, like the photo above (Photo by Everton Vila on Unsplash).  Every one of us on the planet has a plan to extend ourselves to others and add value to them.  Discover what that plan is, how it looks for you and how you can touch others.  When we give of our time, talents, and resources we bless others and inadvertently bless ourselves.  But do it for the right reasons, simply to add value to others, you’ll be glad you did.

Yours for a Better Life,

Rich