Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Charitable giving rebounded in the second quarter of 2020, boosting total giving in the first six months of the year by nearly 7.5 percent on a year-over-year basis
-Association of Fundraising Professionals
I am writing this blog on “Giving Tuesday”. This day is designated as a time to consider, and donate to, the great non-profit organizations which serve to help those people who have been left behind in our economy; or those who suffer from terrible health problems; or those who have experienced tragic loss in natural disasters; or to help educate people otherwise unable to afford it; or maybe to help those who are simply in need of comfort and support that they can find nowhere else.
In a year when Americans can agree on seemingly very little, we do seem to agree on one thing- we care for people who need help. In 2019, Americans gave over $427 billion dollars in charitable donations. We are on pace, in the very challenging year 2020 to give more than that impressive figure.
In this year when there was incredible political turmoil, a health crisis, and racial unrest, there remains that spark of what makes America a great country. The very things that make us great are the things that can tear us apart.
This is the basic tenet of strength-based theories of counseling. As counselors, our job is to find and help develop the strengths that clients bring to us. Frequently, people do not see, or discount, the wonderful strengths that they possess.
I see this principle in our country as a whole. The very differences that can divide us could just as easily be diversities that we could celebrate. It does appear that despite our differences, we do unite to help others in significant ways.
When I get discouraged about the tone of conversation that seems to pervade our national discourse, I think about the beautiful spirit of giving that exists in the same people who can get so upset with one another.
So, I think the Bible verse that I chose for today (I like the old King James version of this) is an apt one. Let’s not forget it.
Prayer: We are so very different, but we share so much in common. Your creation is so complex and it is to be celebrated! Amen