You’ve just finished a long day at work and head over to pick your child up from school. On your ride home you stop at a red light. You happen to glance to your left and notice a homeless man standing on the median with a sign. The sign reads “Homeless, need money or food. PLEASE HELP! God Bless”. You glance to the right over at your child. Are they immersed in their phone and haven’t even noticed the homeless man? Are they looking back at you with questioning eyes wondering what you are going to do? Or are they digging in their backpack or looking around the car for something to give him?
At that moment regardless of which action your child has taken you should ask yourself this question. When was the last time I’ve served those in need? Next question you should ask yourself is: Does my child understand the importance of serving those who are need? These questions aren’t meant for you to feel guilty if you haven’t served or if your child doesn’t know the importance. It’s meant to spark some sort of emotion, an emotion called empathy.
Empathy – the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions: the ability to share someone else’s feelings.
The emotion of empathy and the feeling of compassion have fueled organizations all over the world, ones such as our organization Generosity Global. We as adults know how important it is to give back to the community but it’s important that we tap into that compassion and empathy in our children so they understand the importance as well. Our children will carry the torch long after we are gone. We want that torch to be filled with passion, purpose and fulfilment. We want that torch to light the way in the direction of a better future for those who are in need. We want that light to give hope to the less fortunate ensuring them that there will always be people who care about their wellbeing.
In order to make sure our children will carry the torch to light the way to hope we have to introduce them to the gift of serving. Yes, serving is a gift, a gift to the giver and to those receiving it. Generosity Global will help introduce the gift of serving to our children through Generosity Kids. We were all created to serve. That’s why when we do serve we feel an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. Satisfaction in knowing that we helped someone out of the goodness of our hearts without expecting anything in return and their lives have been changed for the better and they are grateful. Generosity Kids deserve to feel that peaceful fulfilment.
One way we, Generosity Global, encourage the gift of giving is on every 2nd Saturday of each month. Selfless Saturdays is where a group of volunteers ranging from all different backgrounds come together to serve the homeless community. Everyone prepares a dish or donates clothing, their time, or their services to the homeless community. This Saturday April 9th is Selfless Saturday and we encourage everyone to bring a child or children to participate in Generosity Kids. Everyone is still encouraged to come out and serve but we want to make sure our children are participating and in the forefront of serving, encouraging, and interacting with our homeless community as well.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6