I’m lucky to be part of an amazing Mentoring Moms program at our church where women in the congregation who have gotten past the stage of parenting that we are in, become a mentor who meets with us monthly to try to help us get through birth to 5 years. Last night I came away with good solid guidance, and glimmering new perspective.
It really made me think about the women who do the mentoring. Ours lives about 45 to 50 minutes away from the church! She drives sometimes an hour just to meet with us women in her group! And boy are we glad that we have her!
Our church is big on being generous – many members are financially very well off, and they use their wealth so astonishingly… I’ve personally seen how powerful money is when applied in the right way to people’s problems. You need a new roof? No problem. Wells need to be built in Africa so that an area can have clean water? No problem. Our missionaries need more funding to meet their daily needs? No problem. The city needs a new startup organization to help homeless or sex-trafficking victims? No problem. Our city needs more financing in their non-profits? No problem. I’ve seen these things materialize because of the good heart of some ridiculously generous wealthy people.
It got me thinking about so many things….
- Giving to others out of the blessings in your own life is so important. It blesses you in stunning ways – the women who mentor us absolutely love giving us their time, energy, and great opinions/suggests/perspectives. It affects us… we go in somewhat weary & tired, and come out inspired and encouraged – with a little high from seeing friends and laughing and talking about our lives together.
- Living with a sense of generosity is just so powerful. You have no idea how much you can change things just by giving to others and being mindful of needs. What I’ve found personally is that it even changes you.
- When you give – it doesn’t have to be financial – it could be your time, efforts, talents, or even just your presence! It truly doesn’t matter as long as you are meeting a real need.
When we’re blessed in life, I really do feel like we should be doing something with it – not just pouring our love into our children, husbands/wives, friends, and family… but maybe going a little beyond.
Going out and reaching people, really seeing what needs to be met in their life. Putting our extra money or time or presence/work to good use instead of blindly giving to something and never seeing the effects of it.