Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:18
The best nonprofits are the ones who love on people by helping them. It sounds obvious, but many nonprofits talk a good game and never get around to helping people. They have great business cards and fancy websites, but no client stories. Did you know you don’t need a 501c3 letter of determination from the IRS to do some good? Instead, do what you are passionate about start to reach your mission. And when you need to hire help and raise money, then you formalize and register to receive your nonprofit status. Some of the best nonprofits start in a church basement, a garage, a corner of the living room. Or, if you are St. Valentine, in jail, hidden in homes, or in a judge’s office.
Sunday is Valentine’s Day. A day dedicated to love, to Hallmark cards, and to candy. And, to St. Valentine. This man helped persecuted Christians in the 200’s AD. It’s probably safe to say that St. Valentine’s Day has been around as long as anyone can remember.
For me, Valentine’s Day is a benchmark in the year to check in on my goals and see how I’m doing. You might consider how you are applying your word of the year, or how your focus has been on a resolution, or celebrate in your consistency in what you’ve set out to do.
With this day coming up, as nonprofit leaders it is a good time to pause for a cause and consider a few things:
- Have I been consistent in what I set out to do this calendar year?
- Have I been loving in all ways possible this calendar year?
- How do people know that I’ve been consistent and loving this calendar year?
Since we are only about six weeks into the new year, it’s a great time to reflect and consider how you have been loving your volunteers, staff, and board, too. How have you mimicked St. Valentine and loved on people at your nonprofit?
Don’t love people in words alone. Love people with actions. Love people in truth. Are you keeping pace with your 2021 goals that reflect love? Take a few minutes to pause for the cause of love. And then share on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopelesslyHopefulBooks
Prayer: Jesus, You have inspired so many movements and people to love well. Help me to do the same.
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