Source: Valley Roadrunner

Because giving feels good

by Kim Harris

December 12, 2013

With the Christmas holiday fast approaching we are now in one of my most favorite times of the year.

I love the holiday season, there is a crisp clean feel to the air, holiday lights are up in full force and people just seem to be in a little bit better mood than they were just a few short months ago as we battled the extreme summer temperatures.

I love Christmas for many reasons, first and foremost because it is a celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Secondly, and I don’t really know why this is, I see people give of themselves more freely during this time of year.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive,” reads the Bible in Acts 20:35. And, nowhere have I seen such magnitude of giving as I have seen the last two weeks here at the Roadrunner office with The Giving Tree program.

The Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District has supplied the ages and gender of local children who need our help during this holiday season.

Our readers have responded in great numbers by filling our office with toys and gifts for those in need. It has been wonderful to see how a community can pull together and help those in need and I am blessed to have been a part of it.

The Bible has many references to helping others, Matthew 7:12 says “Do unto others as you would have done to you.” Matthew 25:35-40 reminds us “What you do to the neediest of people you do so unto Him.”

God wants us to help others; He wants us to be kind, compassionate and caring, not just around Christmastime but all throughout the year. So how do we accomplish that goal?

There are many ways to help those who are less fortunate. Volunteering through a local church’s outreach program is one way to reach out and make a difference in someone else’s life as is performing service in a soup kitchen, working with the homeless or doing other noble endeavors.

Other options for volunteering include reading to the elderly, teaching local children a skill that you may have through one of our many youth organizations, or simply helping a neighbor hang Christmas lights, all are ways to “do unto others.”

And, if none of these ideas appeal to you, a simple Google search can lead you to all the information you need to get started with volunteering in a field closer to your interests.

I remember reading 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” Because of that verse, I always try to provide service to others when I can. I have spent countless hours volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, when my sons were in scouts and

I have a longstanding relationship with the American Cancer Society following my grandmother’s breast cancer diagnosis in the early 90s.

Taking the time to serve others in the name of our Lord doesn’t make me stand out in the crowd or give me financial gain. What I do get is senses of fulfillment for helping a boy learn a new skill, or teaching him about the great outdoors.

I get peace in knowing that what I am doing will someday help in finding that cure for cancer or that my actions will help get a woman suffering from cancer the treatment that she needs. And having that sense of fulfillment is more than enough for me.

Yes, it is more blessed to give than to receive.