“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1.
We begin the new year filled with promise and expectation to better ourselves. But as you’re meditating on what you hope to accomplish, consider devoting some part of your year, big or small, to touching the lives of others.
Need a few ideas to get started? We have two easy resolutions that can help you serve others this year.
If you’re looking to personally touch the lives of those you’re serving and share in their joy after you helped them, then resolve to begin volunteering.
Last year, The Salvation Army served over 150,000 people in the Greater Madison and surrounding areas through our Dane County Corps by providing hot meals and a warm night’s rest in addition to a variety of other services. We truly wouldn’t have been able to serve so many people without the support of our generous volunteers.
For example, let’s look at our hot meal program at our location on East Washington Avenue. We provide hot meals to our families and clients every single night. From our cooks to our meal servers, this program’s strength comes from the dedication of its volunteers. They firmly believe that no one should go without a meal and are willing to donate their own time to help those in need. Without their help, many people would go to bed with gnawing hunger in their stomachs.
Volunteer opportunities vary so you’ll want to find volunteer needs in your area. But rest assured that all Salvation Army locations need help, be it their food shelf, youth activities, or other programs.
Pay it Forward
Take a minute to reflect on your past year. Can you remember a time when a friend, family member or neighbor blessed you with an act of kindness and expected nothing in return? Do recall how that act of kindness made you feel?
Paying it forward encourages you to keep the kindness going by doing something special for another person. This does not have to require a lot of time or money. The point is to continue to fill your community with these blessings. You never know how your generosity could impact the life of another person.
Time to Make Resolutions
So, what will your resolutions be this year? Will you resolve to become a healthier person? Spend more time with family? Or will this be the year you finally take a trip somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit? Whatever you choose, we hope you dedicate a small part of 2018 to helping another person. Trust us, you will not regret it.