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WDAM Viewpoint- Volunteer During Spring Break

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MARCH 12, 2011

Here's a thought for all you students about to get out of school for Spring Break.  I know spring break is a time to celebrate being young and carefree and having fun….or just goofing off and it would be futile to talk you out of that entire experience.  But if you want to have a truly unforgettable…and possible life changing experience I have a suggestion.  Why not take one, or maybe two days of the week you have off and volunteer to do something for someone else.

Whether it is working in a Soup Kitchen or homeless shelter as a volunteer, getting with a group to visit a nursing home, or just taking some quality time to spend with your parents, grandparents or a younger child who needs mentoring.  You will make a tremendous difference in someone's life.  You may also discover that the great joy is giving of yourself to others. 

When Jesus Christ said that it is more blessed to give than to receive, he knew that the one doing the giving usually experiences a deep and permanent gratification that is even greater that the person receiving the gift.  And the greatest gift you can give is yourself.  You can still have your fun.  But think about taking a little of the time you've been given and pay it forward.  I can just about promise you that you will not be sorry—nor feel deprived. 

I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's viewpoint.  Write and let us know what you think.