It shouldn’t take the holiday season to get people in the mind frame of giving. It should be a conscious part of our lives. Every day, we should look for opportunities to give and serve others. The fun part of giving is anyone can do it. You don’t have to be a millionaire to share a smile or drop coins in the red bucket or pay for someone’s coffee at the drive thru. There are countless ways we can bless others everyday.
Giving is something we should teach our children by getting involved in community service projects, volunteering at church, or cleaning the elderly neighbor’s yard. Children learn most things by seeing an example and observing behavior. If we really want them to be servant leaders, responsible citizens, and compassionate Christians, it all begins with seeing us as givers and servants. It discourages a spirit of entitlement and selfishness.
Your gratitude meter will dramatically increase if you practice a lifestyle of giving to others. It reminds you that there are always people worse off than you, a little love goes a long way in making someone’s day, and we can all make a difference in the world by random acts of kindness.