Monday, December 5, 2011

Philanthropy: Loving God, Loving Neighbor

"In all this I have given you an example that by such work we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'" (Acts 20:35).

Throughout the Bible we are told in word and example that we are be concerned about and proactive on behalf of those who are less fortunate; we are to give and not look for reward. We see this is Jesus' life and we remember his rendering of the two greatest commandments: "He said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37-39).

People find joy in giving and serving and today's youth are no exception. Just read the articles below:

Teens build home from inside jail | WCBD-TV 2
Teens incarcerated at the state Department of Juvenile Justice hammered the first nails of a home they will build on Friday.

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen: Philanthroteens: Transforming Teens ...
When it comes to giving, we can draw inspiring lessons from today's youth. The volunteer rate among sixteen- to nineteen-year-olds, in terms of hours given, has almost doubled since 1989, according to the Corporation for ...

Red Thread Promise: New Orleans youth takes philanthropy to heart
New Orleans youth takes philanthropy to heart. Fr. Sadoni, Director of St. Vincent's, and Marigny, Hahnville High School senior. We trust by now you all know how much The Red Thread Promise values youth participation in ...

Whether it be organized, or spontaneous, youth are volunteering and helping others in significant numbers. Think of the way they are eager to go on mission trips.

The question for us as youth leaders/pastors/volunteers, etc, is how are we helping them connect what they do with our scriptural injunction to love God and neighbor?

Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; 
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will.

 Loving God, Loving Neighbor
Developing Faithful Leaders for a Diverse Church and World Now and in the Future

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