The end of 2016 is fast approaching. There have been times in my life when at this time of year I would begin to think of what gifts I could give to others during the holidays. Sometimes I would be overcome with sadness thinking that I had nothing to give. That was definitely the wrong thought process because we all have something to give to someone. When we think of giving to others it does not always mean material things or certain times of the year. What about giving of ourselves and our time during the whole year?
When your unit commander our committee chairman asks for volunteers do you raise your hand or sit by and observe as the same hands go up every time? Please remember that God has given each of us specific skill sets and special know how to complete certain tasks. He (God) wants us to willingly and gladly share whatever we can with others. Hebrews 13:16 says, “Don’t forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kind of sacrifices that please God.” When we share in the tasks at hand, we not only lighten the load for everyone who volunteers, we can receive the satisfaction of sharing our abilities, and also serve as a compelling example for others who do not yet know the joy of responding to a call for help.
Let us pray that God will give us the desire to share our skills with others and grant us a willingness to step forward to help in whatever way we can. Our Veterans and their families need our support.
I wish you joy, peace, love and safety during the holidays and always. If I can be of service and support please allow me to do so. You may request any services that I, as your State of Texas DAV Auxiliary Chaplain, can provide by contacting me by phone at (512) 461-2924; by mail at 20605 Raptor Roost Rd., Pflugerville, TX 78660; or at e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Never under estimate your ability to make someone else’s life better even if you never know it.” – Greg Louganis
Fannie Lowe, Chaplain
DAVA State Department