Flurry of Activity
A flurry of activity and requests for our time, talent, and resources happens at this time of year. Not only do church, school, and community activities ramp up with a need for volunteers during the last two months of the year, but appeals for charitable donations do as well.
Not Necessarily Bad
This increase in requests is not necessarily a bad thing. Many of these appeals come from very worthy causes. This is where caution and discernment come in when the flurry of activity hits. With each appeal, we should ask ourselves what is the best way for us to spend our time, talent, and resources?
Something to Remember
While certain events, like Christmas programs, only happen in December, let’s remember that need goes beyond the last two months’ flurry of activity in any given year. Every day people go hungry. Every day people are homeless. Children need mentors. Charities need volunteers. Nursing home residents need visitors.
Although the increase in requests for our time, talent, and resources comes strongest at the end of the year, I believe one way to avoid flurry of activity overload might be to spread our time, talent, and resources out over the course of the year.
Steps to Take
A good first step to accomplish that might be to take an inventory of our interests. What do we enjoy spending our time doing? What are we good at? Is there something we could teach someone else? How can we turn those interests into volunteer opportunities?
Another step might be when we go to the store. If they have special deals, or buy one get one coupons, perhaps we could donate the extra product to a charity.
We can look into church outreach programs, community involvement opportunities, ministries, schools, nursing homes, and see if any of those would be good fits for us.
If we spread our time, talent, and resources out over the course of the year, then when the flurry of activity arrives at the end of the year, we’ll be better prepared to respond.
How do you handle the end of year flurry of activity? Any tips you’d like to share?
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So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9 TLB
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