February is a time when our minds usually shift to thoughts of love. With a major holiday smack dab in the middle of February, it’s a bit hard to not be surrounded with thoughts of love. Everywhere you look are shades of pink and heart shaped everything.
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it gives us a chance to spread a little extra love around. However, this year I’d like to challenge our readers to focus on a different kind of love. A love for service.
All of us have an obligation to our community. This obligation is simple, every day do at least one thing to make our community a better place. This is something that I learned as a young cub scout and a philosophy that I work to live by. It stemmed from my first camp out as a cub scout. All of us boys had a great time learning how to use a pocket knife, build a fire, pitch a tent, tend a trail and many other outdoor skills. When it was time to wrap things up, our den leader said something simple that has always stuck with me. He said “Okay boys, it’s time to clean up our camp site. Make sure you leave it in better shape than you found it…so the next group can have an even better time than we did.”
What a powerful directive. Leave our campsite…or our community…a little better than we found it so the next group can have an even better time. This simple yet effective philosophy has the power to change the world.
Our community is served by an incredible amount of amazing non-profits and groups that were created for the service of others. I know many of us donate money to these causes on a regular basis. However, I’d like to challenge you to a different approach. Instead of donating more money (if you donate, please continue to do so) this year let’s all make a commitment to also donate TIME. If each of us decide to donate one hour of time in service each month to a community group or non-profit we will have given a contribution of love that is hard to match.
We’ve compiled a list of some amazing local community groups that serve others. Take a moment to read through our list and choose one…or a couple… to donate time to. If you don’t see one that strikes you then do some research and find one.
Don’t let this stop with your service though. Share this powerful gift with your friends and family. Invite them to accept the challenge as well. With a small amount of effort we can create a love for service that has the power to change our community…and our world!
Have a happy February and embrace your new love for service.