FAMILY ENCOURAGEMENT

You can reach others through giving

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In Matthew 5:14 and 16 we can read these words; "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Over the last couple of weeks we have talked about letting our light shine by loving and investing in others. Today as we consider letting our lights shine may we ask, "What can I give to others?"

What is the most memorable gift a person has given you? What made it special? In my office I have a picture of my little girl when she was three, in my uniform top, boots, and hat. One of the reasons this gift is special to me is my wife, daughter, and a friend invested a lot of energy and time to surprise me with the picture. I share this story because an investment of time and creativity made my day then, and still makes my day, when I see it.

We do not need to spend a lot of money to give something meaningful to another. One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the gift of time. If you are married, turn the television off, put down the phone, look each other in the eyes and talk. Parents, play a sport with your child, play a board game with them, take your child to breakfast before school, but most importantly, listen to your child. Give the precious gift of time to the ones you love.

The inspirational author, H. Jackson Brown Jr., once said, "Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more." We can give to people and families in our community who need food, coats, school supplies, repaired roofs, and so much more. Today, may we let our lights shine by giving more to those in our families, communities and around the world. Next week our focus will be on the word honor.

Family Encouragement Corner is a weekly inspirational thought from Richard Holmes. Holmes serves as a chaplain at Shaw Air Force Base. The opinions expressed in this article do not express the views of Shaw Air Force Base or the United States Air Force. For more information regarding Family Encouragement Corner or to offer your suggestions or comments please feel free to email familyencouragement2016@gmail.com.