The Season of Giving
I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about the subject of ‘giving’ lately. It started with an observation of our fast paced world, which moved to people “watching” and their interactions with others. Observations moved on to journaling and praying, and then this morning on the radio I heard a commercial “It is now the season of giving!” A joyful voice rang out. That was when the bell that went off in my head. The emphasis is on the word SEASON. Seasons are short periods during the year that separate moments in time, the seasons of life, the seasons of the year, etc. Why does there need to be a “Season” of giving? Shouldn’t that be a daily thing not a “season”?
The push to give money for every cause you can think of ramps up under the umbrella of this so called season. This makes me very sad, for many reasons. The biggest is why do we have to be reminded to “give” during one time of the year? Why is it that all of a sudden everyone wants money, specifically.
First and foremost I am a huge believer, especially when it comes to organizations of any kind, that they should be budgeting and forecasting for times of greater need. Just as we as families should be doing. I have no sympathy for any organization that does not budget the funds they have and utilize talents and capabilities of raising their funds to help with giving. Let me explain. Growing up in the Ohio Valley of SE Ohio it was very common for schools, churches, groups to utilize talents to raise money for things they needed and things to give to others. Bake sales, craft shows, talent shows, cooking competitions were some of just many ideas that were embraced and widely utilized. And the prices were very low so everyone could afford the items. My mom always made and sold her chocolate chip cookies at PTA bake sales for a nickel a piece. I know many a kid in our school that had smiles because of her cookies! Auctions and community garage sales were another big draw. It wasn’t just about giving some money and forgetting about the cause, but instead, having an input and a passion for a cause which everyone could get on-board with. There was also much less waste involved. How many of us have saved toilet paper rolls, cardboard, used crayons and scraps of paper, cloth and felt so that groups can work with kids on crafts? Now days it seems easier to just throw money on the newest craft supplies and not even bat an eye to it or to buy some new equipment because the old one isn’t the newest thing there is.
Personally, I miss bake sales, craft shows, raffles and auctions. It’s not just about raising cash to do things and give more; it’s about the social interaction and finding out the talents of others.
But you know what? Giving is not just in giving money. It’s about giving of yourself and your time to do one simple thing: To make someone smile. I truly believe every single one of us on the face of this earth has one primary mission; To make this world a much better place by spreading smiles. Giving is not just in money. Giving is carrying books for a coworker, classmate or someone you don’t even know. Giving is getting the coffee going first thing in the morning for someone other than yourself. Giving is baking and sharing with others. Giving could be as simple as a hug to someone who is having a bad day or giving your lunch to someone who does not have one. Giving should be for the what it does for others, not to grandstand yourself or to meet quotas or to take part in a competition. It should be straight from the heart and the soul of a person to make the world a better place. There should never be guilt or pressure to take part in any giving campaign.
Just something to think about when you hear that this is the “Season of giving”, you see, the real Season of Giving starts when we are born and continues every single day until we go home to the Lord.
Until next time,
Mrs. Kay L. Rice