…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.
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.
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.
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.”