The Highest of Distinctions is Being of Service to Others

Volunteering is a way of showing God’s love in a tangible way“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 Every time a natural disaster occurs in the world, I always wonder in what ways I can help with the efforts.

Most recently, the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal has taken the lives of more than 3,000 people. My heart aches for this country and so many other countries that succumb to these unexpected disasters. I will continue to keep this country in my prayers.

So many times, we want to give more to those who need help. We may think that giving only comes in the form of cash donations. This is not true; you can give by helping others in various ways. Choosing to give can be offering your time or money. Helping others can include visiting the sick or running errands for someone who is disabled.

I realize how much of an impact volunteering can have on the health and well-being of individuals living within our communities and abroad. I’ve always been interested in volunteering. Growing up, I remember my mom setting aside time within her schedule to serve at organizations such as the United Way. What she instilled in me is the importance of volunteer work and giving back to our communities and society as a whole.

I John 3:17 says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” In giving generously, we will have an abundance of both provision for our needs and resources to continue our generosity! Again, monetarily or not, if we choose to sow abundantly, we will reap what has been sown. Generosity produces Godly character.

It is great to know that during the midst of times of uncertainty, we can find security in the Lord. It is our duty not only to give, but to offer prayer to those in need! I am praying for and expecting God to do even greater things for those in need.

The month of April is National Volunteer Month. Choose an organization in your area, and give the gift of volunteering. The life of a CEO can be very busy. Oftentimes, my schedule is jam-packed with meetings and interviews. Regardless, I plan to set aside time every quarter to volunteer—to provide support when and where it is needed. Involvement in giving your time and energy is the greatest reward of choosing to help those in need.

For more information on how to help the survivors of the Nepal earthquake, visit World Food Program (WFP).

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