WHAT I LOVE ABOUT A DAY OF HOPE
(adapted from section 5 of chapter 1 of A Day of Hope)
As I sat down with my pad of paper and pen at Starbucks to write this book, I thought it would be beneficial for you to know all the areas and things that I love about A Day of Hope. The Dalai Lama once stated, “Those who are wise practice love.” I created a list a page long of the amazing things I love about A Day of Hope. I hope this list gives you a clear picture of what it’s like to lead A Day of Hope and what happens within the leader who is leading it.
- I love the people I meet.
- I love the community that surrounds A Day of Hope—all the volunteers and donors who are attracted to our work. It’s refreshing to see people be generous with their time to volunteer and their money to make donations to purchase food.
- I love the difference we make in the lives of families. Talking to the families after they’ve received a basket of food is always special. They are always so grateful and appreciative.
- I love the preparation. Preparing for the work always gives me great satisfaction knowing I’ve done something to help families in need.
- I love to see the volunteers come alive when they help. Many volunteers get so excited to help. When they actually deliver the food to families, they often come back with big eyes and awesome stories that they’ll tell to anyone who will listen.
- I love the growth I receive. Aside from committing my life to be a Christ Follower, there has not been any other event in my life that has spurred on as much growth in my life as leading A Day of Hope.
- I love to see people receive a basket of food one year and then join us the next year to help deliver the food.
- I love the love I get from others. Man, I get so much love from leading A Day of Hope. So many volunteers and families give me love, hugs, and kisses on the cheek because of the work that we do. I’m a love bug!
- I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when I tell them what we do. They realize the significance of the work we do even if they’ve never delivered food to families in need.
- I love the thank yous the families give to me and the volunteers. It’s indescribable to talk about the amount of thank yous that we receive as A Day of Hope leaders and volunteers. I’ve received more notes, cards, emails, and words of encouragement than I can even count.
- I love the feeling of being totally spent, burnt out, tired, worn out, and exhausted after giving all of myself. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve given all you have in the cause of serving and helping others.