Better to Give Than to Receive

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“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” – Acts 20:35

One of the hardest decisions I have to make every day is how I spend my time. With that in mind allow me share an experience with you. I received an email from Capella University inviting learners to a charity event. With a very busy schedule and a big paper coming up, I admit that almost completely ignored the invitation. You might actually be surprised by what persuaded my final decision. Now, there are times in life when we all feel a bit overwhelmed. I admit that I was starting to feel the pressure of being a student, husband, entrepreneur, blogger, worship leader and so much more. Although I am very grateful for what I have, I was also frustrated in and by my pursuit for more. The more that God promised and the more I have been expecting from my labor. That’s when I decided that this event would be a great experience. Let me tell you,  I am quite happy that I went.

Myself and 54 other people Volunteered for an organization called Feed My Starving Children. Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and they ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. Click here to learn more about FMSC and how you can become involved.

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In the first half hour of a two hour session, the staff workers give the same background information on the company shown in the video and train volunteers on how to pack the food. For about an hour and a half volunteers pack as many boxes as possible. It was fascinating to see how quickly the camaraderie, companionship, and competition between groups were developed although there were no specific goals or prizes. If you ever want to see a stellar example of systems-based management then you need to visit this company. Fifty-five people, most of whom had never been there before, were packaging food like we had been doing it for years. Men, women and children were working as hard as they could in a team that represented one of the countries served by this great company. They made it easy and incredibly fun. The experience was only enhanced By conversation with other Capella learners. In less than two hours We were able to pack 90 boxes Which will feed fifty three children.

Separate from my praise of this organization is a universal truth that I hope everyone can take from this. In the two hours that I volunteered to serve other people I didn’t once to think about myself. My tower of issues and challenges was diminished by the act of selflessly giving to those less fortunate than myself. It is so easy to be distracted By life’s ups and downs. But remember that “To whom much is given much is required.” Continue to pursue the greatness that you believe you deserve. Continue to want more out of life then you may have at the moment.  The drive that results from that feeling is invaluable.  However, always remember that as bad as you have it, someone has it worst.  While you are working so hard to get things for yourself, whether it be fortune, fame, recognition, etc., make sure that you take some time to give. Hebrews 13:16 says, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” I want to thank Capella University for inviting me and the Feed My Starving Children organization for doing what you do.  I will be back soon and I hope someone reading this will join me.

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3 responses to “Better to Give Than to Receive

  1. Nicely said. We where one of the many families represented there…my children woke up this morning talking about the experience. I’m so grateful that my husband answered the email and due to daycare closing, we make a quick decision to bring the kids. What a wonderful decision it was and to due such a small deed for a larger cause was awesome.

  2. Paul Alexander Jr

    My church participated in FMSC about a month ago. The packing of the meals was a two day event. I think they said over 100,000 meals were packed. The best part, in my opinion, is how the whole church was involved. About a month leading up to the event the pastors offered up plastic jars. The idea was to put 25¢ in every time you sat down for a meal at your table. Just about everyone participated. They explained how most ppl in impoverished parts of the world survive on just about $2.00 a day. So giving up a quarter a meal didn’t really seem like much. By the time the end came I was putting in just about every piece of spare change we had. In all I think we raised somewhere around $23,000. I’ve decided to keep my jar and every night I put my spare change in it. Either at the end of the month or when its full I’m going to cash it in and donate it to FMSC and start all over again

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