No One Has Ever Become Poor by Giving
Updated: Apr 14, 2018
The purpose of life is not just to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have our life to make some difference. I want a life that is lived well. One of the best ways to do that is by giving to others...who may never say thank you or have the ability to give back. It's rewarding and humbling all at the same time.
Each year, during the Thanksgiving holiday season, our church hosts a Thanksgiving food give away. Our daughter Kyrsten, at the young age of 18, came to us and said that she felt that the Lord wanted her to start a food bank. Walter and I believe that God can speak to the hearts of our children. So we encouraged her and watched her blossom. She now completely directs our holiday food give aways. Each Thanksgiving we feed 200-300 families. Each family receives a turkey and all the fixins'. This is no easy task. We are a small church with a big vision.
Since our children were young we have been involved in some sort of holiday food program. I have watched our children carry frozen turkeys, load grocery carts with boxes of stuffing, go pick up huge bags of potatoes at the local farms, and package hundreds of boxes of food for those in need. This has had a HUGE impact on our children. Because giving to others, no matter how big or small, will affect how you live your everyday life. It makes you think of others around you, it causes you to be more compassionate and tolerable of others. As a family we have learned not to judge those in need of food. Because if not for the grace of God, there goes I....as the saying goes.
Are your children spoiled, fighting with each other, self centered and disrespectful? Then begin this holiday season with a little training...teach them to serve others. Get involved with a local food bank or soup kitchen. We spent one very cold winter working at a soup kitchen that fed the homeless. Elizabeth (now 17) was 5 years old at that time. She would hold my hand and help me set the tables. My older girls were teens and spent the afternoon dipping soup. My elementary age boys washed the tables and carried dirty dishes. Driving home we would talk about the people we met and how thankful we were for the food God gave us.
This upcoming Saturday, November 18th, we will again-as a family-serve our community. We always begin with a church service. My husband is a strong believer in feeding the spiritual man before the natural man. Following a short church service they receive their holiday food. Kyrsten will help register the families, the boys will be carrying boxes and turkeys and Nick will get his fried chicken from a little elderly woman that adores him. Yes, we love this season. Not just for the food and gifts. But because we can truly be the hands and feet of Christ.
I've posted some pictures of some of our food giveaways in the past. If you would like to donate please go to www.STchurch.org/donate. Would you like to volunteer? www.STchurch.org/serve. Please let us know!