What Do I Have to Offer?

It has been a very busy week. It has been a frustrating week. It has been a rewarding week. Sound familiar? Especially during the holiday time, I think the above sentiments are pretty common for my SHE friends, sometimes even on a daily basis.

One of the highlights of my week, however, was attending High Tea for a fabulous soupmobilenonprofit organization many of my Veritex Bank coworkers and I have volunteered for. SoupMobile’s “Souper 100” Ladies. Tea and snacks were delightful, the Dallas International Street Choir resoundingly reminded us all of what the season is really all about, and we were inspired by Keynote newcomer, Sabrina Harrison. She had a few slides to accompany her comments, one of which really stuck with me all week:

To whom much is given, much will be required.”
– Luke 12:48

On Friday, I attended a fundraising luncheon for one of my favorite organizations, carryonEducational First Steps. Lisa Fenn, former ESPN producer and author of the book,“Carry On,” passionately delivered the Keynote. As she and one of the amazing young men she wrote about told their story, amidst not a dry eye in the house, she shared her “Why” with the audience. Quite simply, she had grown to love these boys and she seemed to follow this philosophy:

“To whom much is given, much will be required.”

During the luncheon, I also had a chance to catch up a bit with my childhood friend and his wife, who were hosting the table. His eyes lit up like a little boy’s eyes at Christmas as he told me about his newly-formed Foundation that he hoped would help so many be fed when they are hungry, warm when they are cold and educated so that they might have a “leg up” in the world. He alluded more than one time that he and his family had been blessed in so many ways that went far beyond money. He had been taught by his family to love out loud, he married a woman that lived by the same premise and they were raising their children to be the change in the world. His driving force?

“To whom much is given, much will be required.”

But here was the “kicker” in all of these scenarios: they were not necessarily talking about money in reference to the “much is given” part. They each, in their own way, talked about love they had to give, faith they had to share and talents they could put to use as a volunteer, a mentor or just a friend.

Don’t get me wrong, ‘tis the season for monetarily supporting your favorite organization, if your checkbook allows. But each of you reading this, SHE friends, has SO MUCH MORE TO GIVE!

The spirit of giving does not necessarily mean you have to go out and buy a gift or by-what-we-givemail in a check. SHE friends, today, tomorrow and every day that follows…

Someone could use a hug.
Someone could use your smile.
Someone could use a friend.
Someone could use a mentor.
Someone could use some understanding.
Someone could use some company for a brief visit.
Someone needs a should to cry on.

Why you? Because “to whom much is given, much will be required.”


Note from the SHE files: #SHEgives