While I do realize the meaning is different, I am looking at it my way.
Copied from the Giving Tuesday (.org) web site: Add to Calendar 11/29/2022 12:00 AM 11/29/2022 11:59 PM #GivingTuesday Whether it’s doing an act of kindness, speaking out for a cause that matters to you, or donating to a favorite nonprofit, every act of generosity counts and each means more when we give together.
Giving Tuesday, when we give to make a difference. When we act in a way, to be the difference.
An act of kindness goes a very long way, especially in this day and time. We are in a time of confusion, a time of concern for self, a time when many overlook or even ignore the needs of those around us. Many of us want what we want and we want it..now. Some are judgemental when they look at others who have needs. “If they would do, this or that or the other, then they would not be in such a desperate position. I’ve heard people say they won’t give to anyone holding a sign because they will only use the money for bad reasons. Fill in the reason you hear most often. I feel, and this is my thoughts, that it isn’t my place to judge or condemn what anyone does with money given. The Lord doesn’t say, ask their intent, He said give. He said to take care of the hurting and poor. He will sort everything out later.
It isn’t just money though. Right now, during this most crazy time of year, being patient when caught in a line, or while actually checking out your purchases. Remaining calm while shopping and the stores are crowded. Speaking kindly to others makes a difference. One thing I have witnessed often is the patience and care of others while I am helping my mother cross a parking area. More drivers than not stop to allow us to cross in front of them safely, showing no signs of frustration or annoyance at the wait. For them, I offer my heartfelt thank you.
We can speak out in respectful and responsible ways for and or against the things that touch us. We can seek to build up the good and dismantle the wrongs. Through verbal or financial means. We can make a difference in the manner in which we give. Whether it is of our time, our talents, or our money.
All that brings me to this. My giving thanks, for those who have given in my time of need. Due to my being in a set income because of taking early retirement to take care of my parents, when things like serious home repairs come up, I am put in a bind. Many of stepped forward and out of a generous heart, have donated to the fundraiser I set up. I realize that the ways things are currently, we are all having to be more frugal in our spending. The fact that my needs were seen as worthy, is humbling. I am very grateful for the assistance that has been given to date. It will help me in getting the repairs made. My current plan is to contact individuals whose names I have been given one at a time so to keep things straight in my own head. As soon as the first has seen what we are facing I will contact the next. If it puts me back further in line of appointments, I understand.
I wish to give thanks to all who help me in any way. Whether it is with my mother, encouraging me when anxiety rears its head, with the health tests I face. I give thanks for my son who may grow annoyed with me, but helps me anyway. I give thanks for my Lord who loves me always, no matter what.