Volunteering: Matters of the Heart

January 2018 - Feature Article
by Lisa Cole

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January 2018 - Feature Article

Capitalism and selfishness drive modern narrative. Exchanging time for personal gain eclipses the old-fashioned “Love Thy Neighbor” refrain. Work matters rank above connecting with those around us, and turning the other cheek erodes into turning a blind eye.

The instinct to protect our own heart often flares, and love leaves us vulnerable as a babe in winter after private expectations of others remain unmet. To counter these trends, Columbia offers many unique ways to push love forward for those willing to share the goal of fostering a better society.

The call to impact humanity is as ancient as time. Building a life while facing the unknown breeds insomnia. Marital struggles, mistakes in child-rearing, and caring for aging parents drop us to our knees. We hunger for glimpses of compassion, and we thirst for reassurance that we are not alone. One intentional kindness can save us from the depths of despair.

Who understood this better than the ultimate Sacrificial Lamb, Jesus Christ? In a world far removed from today’s insta-gratified society, Jesus spoke to the need for personal sacrifice and human touch. “When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. ‘Do you understand what I have done for you?’ he asked them.

Why did Christ die for you?   www.whyhedied.org

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