November 1, 2004
For a Good Cause
Iíve seen this over and over and over: Those with good hearts are the same ones giving again and again. This is why we see the same people volunteering for the majority of work in our churches and organizations. Those with good hearts often the first ones involved and the last ones to leave. I believe itís because when they see a problem itís hard for them to ignore it, just as if an off-duty paramedic comes across an accident where someone is in need of critical care. Itís in the good personís heart to do so regardless of the personal cost. They do it just because itís the best thing to do at the time.
Today I find myself reflecting on the meaning of life again and why we are here. I know that all of our time here is limited. We age quickly and we leave these bodies. I know we cannot stop this process yet. In the mean-time, each person has to choose how to best live their brief moment of life in this body. Here are a few scenarios to think about:
1. We blow through life grabbing what we can, enjoying what we can, then losing it all to the ravages of old age and death. Then what are we left with? Maybe the knowledge that yes, we did make it through life and wore a nice Rolex, drove a fast car, and had the biggest house on the block. We remember that it was a darn good party while it lasted. But then our eyes are opened and we see all of the suffering that went on in the world and we missed an opportunity to do something. We passed right by the accident and didnít see the injured.
2. We each have been giving gifts, talents and resources in life and itís ours to choose what to do with. There is purpose to being here. We know itís a short life so our time is limited. We have to do what we can with what weíve been given before itís our time to go, which could be tomorrow. When the lights go off for the night we ask ourselves if today weíve done all that we could. This is a mindset and heart set on giving.
3. We are undecided. We come into life not knowing why we are here. We think we know, but then are confused and wandering. We get to the end of our lifetime and wonder where the time went and what we did with it.
I am happy to know at least one person who is here with a purpose. She is one of those that we see giving and volunteering over and over and over again. She is one who asks not what life can give her, but what she can contribute to life. Today she chose to give when she could have walked by. This is a person with a good heart. If no-one else sees her contribution to life, I do and I appreciate it.
Posted by carl1236 at November 1, 2004 11:52 PM | Love your Neighbor
Do you know any alive artists whose work is in a museum and would accept a kid' drawings? Please contact me if you do
Posted by: Kristen Manis at October 5, 2006 3:16 PM
Do you mean for them to display your work in the museum? I do know an artist that has work in a Twin-Cities museum. He's also running some gallery space, so might be willing to help out. Send me an email describing in more detail what you would like to do and the purpose and so on and I'll try to connect you.
Posted by: John at October 5, 2006 8:53 PM