Volunteering is a really good thing and it goes along with my Live Like It Matters Challenge so…………..

My challenge to you is to volunteer. Regularly.

Go to your city’s animal shelter and see if you can help walk the dogs. And maybe you can even do something with the cats if you want to.

Ask the principal of any local school, especially those in less affluent areas, and just see all the projects you can help with. I’ve cleaned out flower beds, painted over graffiti, cleaned and painted bathrooms, fixed broken bathroom stall doors, picked up trash after several football games (football fans are some snack loving, trash making people), and organized and served a free breakfast for a teacher in-service training.

Most hospitals or nursing homes have a volunteer program. Your local library, too. Check them out and see if you can find something to do.

Even if the nursing home doesn’t have a volunteer “program” check with the administrators to see if you can visit the lonely people there. If you have kids, take them with you because lonely old people love young people. I’m fortunate enough to have two daughters that absolutely love old people. Can you sing or play an instrument? Perform for the patients while they’re eating their meals in the dining hall. Can’t carry a tune? Then definitely don’t sing but the ladies like to have their nails painted. And all of them like to play games. Or sit and talk with them. That’s their favorite thing anyway.

Help serve a meal at the local food kitchen. Stuff envelopes at your local campaign office. Clear out some overgrown trails with a team of forest lovers. Organize a trash pick up at your workplace and use the lunch hour to clear the street of garbage.

There are thousands of ways to volunteer.

I am fortunate enough to be part of a local church that does all of these things and more. We seek out opportunities to serve our city and the surrounding communities and we’ve made and will continue to make a significant impact where we live.

It doesn’t matter where or how…..just do something. Volunteer.

Because it matters. Because you matter and he matters and she matters.

Live like it matters.


We’ve been at this “Live Like it Matters Challenge” for several weeks now. I hope you’re more aware of those around you and realize how the smallest choices we make toward others can make the biggest impact.

My wish is that the challenges I issue become the way we relate and interact with those around us on a daily basis. Are you saying hello to strangers? Thanking those you appreciate? Have you stopped the negativity?  Keep practicing. It takes time to make new habits.

Today, my challenge is more broad than the others. The challenge is to be helpful. Wherever you are, to whoever needs help.

Take the grocery cart back to the cart corral for someone who just finished unloading their groceries. Help a mom with the baby stroller. Hold the door open for the person behind you.

There are a million different ways to help. Just look around. Is your neighbor’s trash container still at the road three days after the trash has been picked up? Put it back where it goes for him. Is your co-worker still struggling to finish a project for the boss? Ask if you can do anything for her.

In the rural area where I live, help may look like wrangling a loosed cow. In the city, you may share a taxi or even give your taxi up for someone that’s in more of hurry than you are. Help can be as simple as being extra kind to the teenager who’s in-training at the register. The customers ahead of you have huffed at her slow pace but she’s doing her best. Your patience and kindness toward her can change the attitude of the customers behind you.

My girls helped their grandparents put up Christmas decorations.
My girls helped their grandparents put up Christmas decorations.

Offer to pick up the dry cleaning for your dad. Sit by someone who’s sitting alone. Pick up the trash on the floor that everyone else has walked over.

This week, look for ways you can help and then do it. The simple act of helping can make a profound difference for someone.

Live like it matters.

Remember to do good and help each other. Gifts like this please God.  Hebrews 13:16  NLV


In response to the Daily Post’s Prompt Help.