I believe God made and calls each of us to make a difference with our lives and to find our ‘purpose.’ I believe the act of ‘giving’ is simply making efforts toward finding that purpose in life. And the oxymoron of giving is that, as we give, we get much more in return. We learn, we grow, and we impact others and others impact us. That cycle of giving and receiving in return gives us an even greater depth of understanding of God’s calling for our life. Start young, sponsor a child oversees, engage in your church and community, go to work and show up with an attitude that you can have a positive impact on someone’s life, and have the courage and make it a priority to build a strong family.” — Conner is the Chief Operating Officer of Anchor Industries
During the holidays, have you come to view the art of carving a gorgeous turkey or tying a perfect bow in terms of Instagram worthiness? It’s OK. But how much attention have you paid recently to the simple act of GIVING? Whether you donate your time or your money or just take a moment to listen to someone who aches to be heard, opening yourself to the needs of others becomes a blessing. Small gestures can have a big impact. You never know the difference you can make by simply giving of yourself. Furthermore, as Saint Francis of Assisi believed, the gift comes back to you. ‘For it is in giving that we receive.’ Post that on Facebook — and make GIVING a big part of your holiday season and your best resolution for the New Year!”
— Bruce is the sales and marketing leader and business development director at J.E. Shekell, Inc.