People Need Help, be sure your efforts count!
There have been numerous worldwide tragedies in 2017. As we enter the biggest giving time of the year its important that we make the gifts that God has provided us count in service for others. Over the next few months, we will see plenty stories, pictures, and videos that bring attention to various needs. There is no question that needs are many and you can make a difference!
Why do we want to help others? We have so many challenges in our own lives, how will we be able to help anyone else? That’s is a serious question that many reading this right now may be trying to answer. That’s a good first step, if you are having these thoughts it may be a sign that your passion to help is calling you to engage! Now what do we do?
What is your passion? Is there something that causes you to stop and reflect every time a story about it appears on television? Is there something in your community or country that is so important to you that if it were to change, you would struggle with the loss? It could be the no kill animal shelter, or the local services to those that are homebound, maybe its the local school? Then again, it may be visuals of natural disasters and epic famine that unfortunately have impacted your nation or world that motivate you to want to help. One thing is for sure, there are many areas of need and they need help if their ever going to make a dent in substantial challenges they face.
Once you have started to define your passion, seek out groups that are focused on these areas. We always suggest that you look at the point of the spear where services are being rendered. You will have an easier time seeing where your time and resources are going and the impact that they can make. Don’t be afraid to ask all the right questions and get answers! You will find that the way your questions are addressed sometimes will provide just as much information as the answers themselves. If you feel like you are not getting the full answer, push harder and let your instincts drive you. In the end, the right answer is determined by you, no one else. There are many groups that do “good work” but they are not efficient and at times may spend more money that you are comfortable with on overhead and the delivery of services.
There are great organizations everywhere, some very large, others very small. Each has its pluses and minuses. Do your homework and ensure that your personal goals are met with where you choose to invest your time and resources. You will find that the initial effort will yield great results and also help to bring hope to those in need.
Sam Smith is an established Branding and Marketing Executive that has spent the last decade leading multiple international non-profit’s and ministries to record results for operations and service to the world’s poor. He shares his passion at OptimizingMinistry.com