I am not talking about giving money! Well…ok, I guess I am, BUT, I am also talking about giving the only two other things you have to give…your time and talent!
You may think this sounds suspiciously like volunteering. That’s exactly what I am talking about.
Today I will show you just a few of the many personal benefits of giving or volunteering.
What does volunteer mean? The definition is offering one’s self freely.
By offering one’s self I mean offering one or all of only 3 things we have to offer. Time, talent, and treasure. As a follower of Christ I want to offer all three. They are all gifts from Him anyway!
Time is something in which you have a limited amount. The playing ground is equal with time. Everyone has the same amount. Some just give more of it away than others.
Talent is endless in that as long as you are healthy and able and breathing you have some.
Treasure is something you can give away and then go make more.
Why volunteer or give?
1. You reap what you sow. 2 Cor. 9:6
“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” This scripture makes so much sense. It is so real and easy to understand. I wonder why I don’t sow a whole lot more than I do!
2. You will become more productive in society.
We are social beings. We were not designed to be in isolation. Volunteering and giving gets us around other people. When we are living the way we are designed to live, we are hitting on all cylinders and are more productive.
3. Giving is a characteristic of a child of God.
You can’t help but give. Follow me here: If you have been saved, then Christ lives in you, and if Christ is in you…you will give! I am not trying to lay a guilt trip on you. It’s simply the truth.
1 John 3:17-20 “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.”
4. Giving or volunteering improves your health:
For those of you who like to see concrete numbers, allow me to give you a few. An organization named United Health Group polled people who volunteered within a 12 month period. United Health Group FindingsUHG concluded the following:
76% of people say that volunteering made them feel healthier
94% of people say that volunteering
improves their mood
78% of people say that volunteering
lowers their stress levels
95% say they are helping
to make their community
a better place
96% say that volunteering
enriches their sense of
purpose in life
80% of the people say that they feel
they have control over their health
81% of employed volunteers who volunteered
through their workplace agreed that
volunteering together strengthens
relationships among colleagues
Institutions such as Johns Hopkins, University of Tennessee, University of California, Berkley, Harvard, just to name a few, have all done studies that show strong proof that volunteering improves one’s well being.
Studies show that volunteering reduces stress, depression, and blood pressure. Reduction in just those things alone eliminate many sicknesses that are connected to them.
Here’s a bonus…Giving has also been linked to Oxytocin, a hormone released during sex and breast feeding. This induces feelings of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others!
So why give?
You’ll reap what you sow
You’ll be more productive in other areas of your life.
Giving is a characteristic of a child of God.
Giving will improve your health…in other words, you’ll live longer!
Give More To Live More!