The Gift of Giving

becky_grayIt’s easy to give money… at least for me it is. Not because I have a lot of money, but because it’s easier to just donate cash than to really sacrifice something more precious to me – as in my time. Now don’t get me wrong, I volunteer and give of my time through various channels once a week. Some are set times where I serve alongside my family and others are sporadic as needs pop up in the community. But giving of my time is and always will be one of the toughest decisions I make in my life… it’s the selfish side of me that keeps me from wanting to make these so called “time giving” commitments.

Then, I made the commitment to become a Big Sister. The thought was daunting for quite some time… I thought to myself, how can I find 6 hours of additional time each month, when I can’t even squeeze in all the other things I want or need to get done. (Personal honest confession… I am real, my life isn’t perfect, and I tend to instinctively be selfishly)

I have been a big sister for the past 6 months. I am appalled (with myself) that I even thought for one second that I couldn’t do it, or that I didn’t have the time to spare. I am so thankful that I took the leap of faith and made the commitment. My time with my little sister is AMAZING! This giving of myself and my time to invest in the life of a young 10 year old who just needs someone to be there for her and encourage her in life, has been one of the best gifts I have ever received. I know you are probably reading this and thinking – ya-ya, I’ve heard this before… (Trust me I’ve been in your shoes). But, it honestly has been an incredible gift to ME! (Yes, to me – I’m sure it is a gift to my little too, but here is my selfish “real” side being exposed yet again).

hellen kellerUpon diving into my relationship with my little, I had visions (and a few fears) of what was expected of me. For those of you who know me, know that I am a planner with a tiny bit of “type A” (ok…. Maybe a lot more than “tiny”) and I like to know what lies ahead. This however was a big mystery, one of which I had little control over. Big Brothers Big Sisters does such an amazing job of matching Bigs and Littles that everything has just happened naturally.

This experience has not only been a personal growing experience for me in the area of “letting go”, but it has shown me so much more (too much to write in this blog post). My little sister is pretty special, and the fact that she thinks I’m pretty special too is a cool feeling (You see,I have teenagers so when someone way younger than me thinks I’m cool that’s a gift in itself). We have such a great time when we are together. We aren’t big on grand adventures, but we just hang out. Whether it be helping her with homework, or doing art projects together. Pinterest, Starbucks, and Michaels Craft Store is our go to date…

Bottom line: There are kids who need us right here in our community. They don’t need much, they just need someone to be there for them, to listen to them, and encourage them. Take it from me… the gift you will get from this minimal investment is far greater than anything you could ever imagine. It’s time well spent. It’s time to take the leap of faith. GO…