I have such a problem with “Nay-Sayers”. I work part-time in a church that ministers to all people, but there is a special interest with people from foreign countries who are adjusting to life here in the states. These are not people illegally crossing borders, rather these are political refugees, who have had to flee their own countries because of unrest and inhumane treatment.
From a wee tot, according to my own mother, I’ve had an affection for those not of my own race, creed, color etc. It’s a no-brainer for me to LOVE, period. She says that I came out of the womb trusting and loving everyone.
So when I start my weekend with a few extra kids in tow, I’m happy. In fact, I’m happier than I usually am, because I’m getting to have an experience where I might get to enrich the life of someone else, give hope, give love and just have FUN. Yes, it’s tiring, but what is a better tired than helping, healing and having fun?
It bothers me very much when people say to me, “Don’t get too invested.”; “You need to rest”; “You need to stop caring so much.” (Really?!!) My personal pet peeve is this statement, “Don’t make this a habit; you cannot afford it and you need to rest-you have too many jobs, all ready.”
Usually this stupid advice comes from people who have bigger finances (or agendas for me) than I do. Okay that’s great advice, but then, WHO is going to reach out and touch people? Yes, I am not a rich person, but do I need to wait until I reach a certain level of financial security before I act in order to help make another life a little happier or better?
And then I wonder, what makes people so ridiculous that they cannot understand that we are supposed to help one another whenever and wherever we CAN. We don’t WAIT until we have a certain bank account. We don’t WAIT until we FEEL like it. We are supposed to act when the situation presents itself, period. The reward for this so out-weighs anything my imagination can conceive.
I went to Catholic school all of my life and one of the themes we were supposed to learn was, “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for Me.” I took that to heart from an early age and I have lived my life accordingly. I have never had a lot of money to give, but I’ve always given of my time and heart and I will continue, no matter WHAT any one tells me.
There IS no greater joy in the world than in sharing of oneself with someone who needs it. The reciprocation comes in the love exchanged and yes, I think I’m a junkie with regard to this. Sue me. I like to have fun. I like to give. I like to feel that in some, small way, I’m doing my part in this world.
I spent the weekend with beautiful children, whom I adore and love. We didn’t do a lot more than just eat, giggle, play games and watch movies. Today, we went swimming. The weekend cost me a lot in energy (and some sunburn), but what does THAT cost? I can get that back in a little lotion and one night’s good smiley-sleep. (Yes, I smile in my sleep after every weekend like the one I just had.)
I wonder what makes people discourage people from doing what’s right? I know if the situation were reversed, I’d be the first one begging to get involved. (Wait. That IS how I got involved in the first place!) Still, that doesn’t always happen on the flip side. I often receive the nay-say comments telling me to stop it, “you don’t have time for this- you do too much all ready.”
Really? If everyone listened to this advice, how would the world even work?
I will not post photos of the smiles from this weekend. Instead I will just say that yes, I’m tired, but my heart is FULL and I WILL do it again and again and again. God sees and I know in my heart He’s happy, because I didn’t have to do this. I did it because it was what I wanted to do to make a few little people smile and they did. I repeat, I will do it again.
Nay-Sayers beware. WHY are you telling me NOT to get involved? What does this say about you?
I try so hard to figure it out. I know on some level, it’s not about me or my actions. It’s always about the Nay-Sayer and what he/she feels about herself.
Whatever it is, telling me not to do something that I know in my heart is right, will never deter me from action. Instead, I’d rather just have people ask me if I had fun and when I say, yes, simply answer, “Good. I”m glad.”
Even better? Figure out how you can be of service as well and if you don’t know just ask me. I have a million ideas!
Disclaimer: After having read this over to myself, I want to be certain to say that not everyone in my life discourages me. Also, that I am in no way trying to say that I am a better person than anyone else. I’m just having a rant about the people who try to discourage me from taking action when I want to.
Some people have a passion for sports; some have a passion for art; some have a passion for relaxation. I just have a passion for feeling good and I get that from being of service. It’s really nothing more than this. I often tell people who are on the out-skirts of a bout of depression that the surest way to avoid it, is to BE OF SERVICE to someone else. It’s tried and true in this girl’s life.
“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ -Matthew 25:40