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G.I.V.E.

August 28th, 2018 | Comments Off on G.I.V.E.

“‘It’s better to give than to receive.”  Acts 20:35

Do you agree with this statement?  If yes, why do you agree with this statement?

Some people would agree with this statement, because they were raised to agree with it.  The origin of this statement (as noted above), is the Book of Acts of The Bible‘s New Testament.  According to BibleHub , this is from Paul’s Farewell to the Ephesians when he is talking to elders of the church, and quoting “the words of the Lord Jesus himself.”  Therefore, one could presume that if you were raised to follow Christianity, then you would agree with this statement.  Please drop in a comment if you believe this is an incorrect presumption.

That said, you do not have to be Christian to agree that it is better to give than to receive.  I have heard people the world over utter this phrase.  Actually, this phrase can be heard more frequently during the end of the calendar year – right around December, in the height of gift selling…er, I mean…giving season.  This is a dream statement for shops to utilize as a manner of tugging-at-your-guilty-heart-strings.  Images of little golden-haloed angels floating above your shoulders, whispering precious guidance into your ear.

Let’s say you do subscribe to this notion.  What part of you subscribes to it?  Is it your heart?  Your brain?  Your clock?  Your wallet?  Okay, so maybe those last two are not really parts of you, if you are thinking in terms of body parts, but it is often believed that much of who we are is defined by how we spend our time and money.  Clearly, the shops would argue that the parts of you that should subscribe to this statement are your heart (particularly your guilty heart strings) and your wallet (particularly the money or cards inside your wallet).

Then, what happens if you agree that it is better to give than to receive, but you do not have much in terms of money or cards in your wallet?  You would benefit greatly from agreeing with your brain and your clock.  In the instance when you are a college student who may be short on monetary funds while you surround yourself with new knowledge, then, this is describes your situation very well.  So, what can you do?

Enter G.I.V.E. – Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors!  At the University of Florida, past, present, and future students are affectionately referred to as Gators, because the official logos of the University and particularly of the University Athletic Association include a green alligator head and the word Gators.  Did you know I graduated from the University of Florida?  Did you?  Drop in a comment to share the name of your Alma Mater! (any trash talkin’ will be deleted!)

While attending the University of Florida, in Gainesville, FL, USA, I was also an active member of Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors.  This was our opportunity to support the local community where we called home 9-12 months of each year, depending of whether we attended classes in the summer semester.  The volunteer endeavors ranged from river clean-ups on the Swanee River to fishing grocery store carts out of the creek beds behind the local shopping centers.  I always enjoyed the Swanee River clean-up trips, because that meant canoeing, and singing, “Way down upon the Swanee River, far, far away…”  Did you know I was a singer?  We will read more about that in later weeks.

Wow!  Do you see why this fits so nicely on Tell-All Tuesday post?  This is definitely a nail-biter of a post!  It could almost not get any steamier than this!  “Juli, what will you reveal next?”  I know! You will just have to wait until next week for the next exciting issue of Tell-All Tuesday!

 

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