WHY I THINK YOU SHOULD DO A DAY OF HOPE
(adapted from section 7 of chapter 1 of A Day of Hope)
I’ve given you many solid reasons you should do A Day of Hope in your community. These have been stories, principles, and thoughts on why people should lead an effort to help people in their community. But if that isn’t enough, I have fourteen more reasons you should do A Day of Hope.
1. To make sure that the people in your community have a Thanksgiving meal to eat – If you don’t step up to the plate to make sure they have a meal to eat, there might not be someone else out there who will. You’ve got to assume responsibility and make it happen for them.
2. To give those families more than just food to eat, but to give them hope and encouragement for a better future and a better life – When you deliver a basket of food and a turkey, it’s not the only thing that family receives. They also receive the love and blessing from your caring heart and soul.
3. To inspire the family to do something similar when they are able to do so – One of the unspoken goals of A Day of Hope is to give families an act of kindness that will some day lead the family to serve others in a similar way. Hopefully some day when the family is more financially stable, they will bless another needy family by giving them a basket of food and a turkey.
4. You will discover your strengths and passions in a way that you never thought you would – I never would have imagined that I would discover my strengths by volunteering with A Day of Hope. Because I had to apply myself daily I had a lot of self discovery and personal introspection that’s led me to know my strengths and passions better.
5. You’ll develop leadership qualities in yourself that you never knew you had – The only way you develop and grow as a leader is by leading. You can read all the fancy best-seller books on leadership, management, and teamwork, but until you actually get your feet wet and hands dirty while leading people, you won’t ever really grow.
6. You’ll grow as a person with character and integrity – As you will read in the following pages, I grew a lot as a man with character and integrity. Many times my persistence and perseverance were tested along with my integrity, requiring them to improve and become stricter.
7. You’ll discover your true heart and passion to serve and help people – Being on the front lines working with people in need changed me. In leading A Day of Hope I found that my heart for hurting people increased drastically. When I talk to them and hear their stores, my heart connects to them and the pain they are going through. While doing A Day of Hope you can’t help but have your heart get stronger and softer.
8. You’ll develop incredibly close friendships – I have many great friendships now because of A Day of Hope. While doing that special work with others, those people became special to me.
9. You’ll start to see people in need differently than before – As I started to serve people in need, I noticed they weren’t all looking for a handout, but they are normal people like you and I who are working hard trying to survive. They are normal people who find themselves in unusual, temporary circumstances.
10. You’ll be a model for other people who might have thought about doing something similar in their community – Once people see what you’re doing, it will encourage some of them to do it too. The best example of this is the book you’re reading right now. Our work of serving people in need is an example for you to follow.
11. You’ll receive lots of love from people you serve – And the more love you have, the more love you can give. I’ve already talked about how I receive lots of love, hugs and other forms of appreciation from families. Let me tell you, it never gets old.
12. You’ll learn to persevere through tough times and tribulations – Serving people is much more difficult than I ever thought it would be. To lead A Day of Hope and attempt to serve people in need takes hard work, faith, and persistence.
13. To serve God in a way that models the people He wants us to become – I’m not trying to evangelize you here; I just want to share with you my thoughts. I believe that God has a picture of who He wants each of us to become. Leading A Day of Hope helps us to grow into that person.
14. You’ll feel connected to God spiritually in a way that you never knew you could – When I embarked on my journey to help serve people, I learned quickly that I needed help. The first person to come to my help was God. He was there waiting for me when I reached out to Him to ask for guidance and help with an idea I had to help people. When you embark on a journey to seek to serve people in need, you’re going to need some help, and that help often comes from God. He’s always right there waiting for you, ready to walk alongside you the entire way. That isn’t to say that He won’t allow you to go through some trials and tough times. He always does. That’s how he grows us and makes us into the men and women we are meant to be. From leading A Day of Hope you’ll find your relationship with God grows closer because you need some help.