Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It Doesn’t Take Much….

…to make somebody’s day.

I am realizing this more and more, how we have the opportunity to bring joy to others with just a little bit of time and effort. I recently read this little gem by Loretta Scott which has stuck with me:

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.”

Today during our homeschool co-op, we had a guest speaker that came to talk to the kids. He is the father of one of the little girls in the co-op and served in the Middle East years ago. The children sat, spellbound, as he opened an MRE and showed the steps he would take to prepare his dinner every day. We all wrinkled our noses at the sight of the “ meatloaf and gravy” which looked remarkably like canned dog food. He told us about missing the comforts of home and how letters and cards from people he never met were so very important to him. He showed us a stack of handmade construction paper cards, covered in stickers and crayon scribbled words of encouragement, and told us how much they meant to him.

So, during our Art class, we took the time to make some Christmas cards for some veterans in a nearby VA hospital. Then, we got out the construction paper and glue sticks, and created cards to send to our troops overseas.

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In less than a half hour’s time, we had made a stack of love and encouragement to send to the men and women serving our country.

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Later on this week, we will spend an hour or so at the nearby senior center, visiting with the residents there. We like to go once a month with some of our homeschool friends and that one hour of time that we give goes a long way to bring joy. The seniors just light up when they see us walk in and they really soak up the time with the children and enjoy the chit-chat.

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Writing letters to your Compassion International children is another way you can use a small amount of your time to make a difference in the life of someone else. Your efforts make the statement that your child is special, thought of, loved… Even if you can only spare five minutes to send a quick email through the Compassion website, take the time to do it. Your child would rather have a short note than nothing at all. When Mail Day comes at the project, your child will rejoice when their name is called.

“Our lives, we are told, are but fleeting at best,

Like roses, they fade and decay;

Then let us do good while the present is ours.

Be useful as long as we stay.”

Fanny Crosby

7 comments:

Jessica said...

That dear husband of mine spent a 6 month spell in Kuwait once, when 9 and 6 year old were sweet 4 and 1 year old's. His littler brother's 2nd grade class sent him a big envelope with a letter from each kid in the class. He still has it somewhere in his closet today. :)

Jill Foley said...

You and I seem very much alike!!!

My girls and I go to the nursing home once a month and play violin for the residents. When I lived in MN, I started a story time at a senior home through the library outreach program. It's still going strong!!

You are right...it doesn't take much to reach out to others. It's one of the legacies I want to leave my girls.

Amy D said...

So true, so true.

I need to call around and see if I can visit at the nursing home with my kids. It would be wonderful for them, as well as the residents.

faithlikemustard said...

Today, I spent most of the day staring at a poster with taht quote ("We can't help everyone, but we can help someone"). I kept thinking--I've got to blog that! LOL! It's so true! I'm seeing more and more that life is mostly about the little things rather than the "big" things. I used to totally believe that, but somewhere along the way, I let myself be convinced that it's the "big stuff" that matters most...you know, the stuff that shows up in obituaries. I'm slowly starting to make a 180 on that one. ;)

Teena said...

Michelle, I can not tell you how much you have blessed me since finding your blog. I have found several blogs (Compassion lovers) that are richly touching my life.

I know God allowed me to win that book... I know just a little thing but it means so much... it will help my boys understand... and I am going to read it to my Awana kids tomorrow night....

that is great about the nursing home visit. We could do that too.

We have 3 elderly families on our road... (rural Georgia) and several times a year our 3 youngest take goodies to them or check on them. I need to do that more.... One time on Christmas eve they sang Christmas carols and gave them cookies. THEY LOVED IT.

I think that is what my Mandi(just returned from Kenya)is struggling with feeling like she didn't really help anyone. The words "we can't help everyone, but we can help someone" touched me deep.

She has to speak to our Mom's night this Thursday... I may share that quote with her! I am so thankful for you... for Jill...

Hugs,
Teena

RZ said...

I love that I found your blog. I have been emailing my 2 compassion girls every day - just quick notes, but all I can think about is them standing there and not hearing their name called. Gosh, that just crushed me. So they get an email every day, and I just sent off letters to each of them with a special picture that I colored just for them, with a blank page they can color, and I made them each a book. My little Elsy (she's 3) said her favorite story is Noah's Ark and just like I was meant to, found a Noah's Ark story book that I colored and put together for her :) I hope she loves it as much as I loved making it for her!!

Michelle ~ Blogging from the Boonies said...

Hey RZ! I am so glad you have that commitment to write to your child. One thing to keep in mind is that some projects only have Mail Day once a month, or twice a month and sending a letter every day might get a bit overwhelming. Especially for a little one. I would suggest writing once a week at most, so that your child isn't swamped with letters, but will get something on a regular basis.
Your love for your child is clear, and that is just amazing! <3

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