Give to Receive
I had planned to write today’s post on Saturday when I would have had a few hours between the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, but a phone call Friday evening changed everything.
My dad, at the young age of 66, died of a heart attack on December 23. He hadn’t been feeling well and the Lord decided to take him in a way that I can now say was humane. So I’ve been a little busy. But before this happened, I was going to write a post about charity and giving and end of year donations. Thrilling, scintillating stuff, but important nonetheless.
I donate proceeds from my book sales to five different charities and will continue to do so. My dad donated lots of time volunteering for dog rescue groups around Metro Atlanta where we live. The support and condolence calls we’ve received from these organizations have brought us all to tears.
He gave a lot and now the people he gave to are giving so much to my family at a time when we need so much. We need him, of course, but in lieu of him, we need stories of how his life changed others and made them better. The search for the meaning of life happens at a time like this. So I guess what I’m trying to say is, give what you can–be it time or money–to people and organizations that mean something to you and you will receive so much more in return.
Rest in peace daddy.