Doing something is better than not doing anything at all.
I don’t want to fall into the trap of “telescopic philanthropy,” where I am forgetting my duties at home and serving far away people to mainly feel good about myself.
I don’t want to be so focused on what is in front of me that I forget to reach out to those next door.
I want to do good in the world–and good in my home, and with my family, and with my friends and neighbors and community.
But sometimes I get worried about what I should do that I forget about what is in front of me. Opportunities often come my way and I feel too busy to say yes. My kids want attention and I forget to turn off my computer and spend time with them. I get caught up with reading and consuming that I forget to create.
There are a few things that I am planning for this year that I am really excited for: I’ve started a writing group. I’m going to finish my book, One Thing is Needful. I’m going to volunteer at the school some more. I want to spend more time with my kids, playing board games and teaching them piano. I’m coaching one of my son’s basketball team. I want to go next door to the woman that lives there and help her out regularly. I want to reach out to friends better.
There are people who need help, but the best place to start is the small moments, close to home.