While thumbing my way through Instagram over the weekend I came across a caption of a picture that said “We only get ten years to enjoy our twenties, spend it wisely.” Ten years may seem like a long time to some people, but then it hit me that in just a few weeks I will be 26. I’m already starting the second half of this crazy decade and there are so many things I still want to accomplish, but also so many things I wish I would have started sooner. I’m usually not one to wish I could go back on things and change them, but I do wish I would have realized my passion for volunteering much earlier on and didn’t wait until halfway through my twenties to get involved.
We’re living in a world that is so consumed with social media and self-gratification that we often forget that there is life outside of ourselves that deserves our attention. Volunteering comes in so many different forms and provides an opportunity to a multitude of people. Whether your calling is to a local organization, a church, or something global I encourage you to get involved. I used to think that I would just wait until I was older to get involved because I couldn’t possibly make a difference at such a young age, right? Wrong. There are so many twenty-something’s making a difference right now that it made me realize I should have started giving more to others a lot sooner.
So why are we waiting? Maybe you want your own personal circumstances to change or some extra spare time in your schedule to open up, but while you’re waiting for all these things to happen BEFORE you reach out to others, there are individuals out there already making a difference. Take Steve Meehan for instance, he’s a twenty-something who is already starting to change the world for the better. Steve started aTimeForChangeMovement a few years back when he felt God calling him to help those in need. After going through a difficult time, he realized his own personal mission for his life was to reach out to those who might need hope and encouragement, specifically the homeless. He felt a calling to go out during the winter months up and down the East Coast from city to city and offer food, coffee, and friendship to those who most of us might overlook on a daily basis.
“Volunteering has really impacted my twenties because it taught me to take the focus off of myself and put it on other people. I feel like we live in a time where a large percentage of people are entirely too self-centered.” Meehan seems to have the right idea and for only being in his twenties is such a life changer already. He’s a great testament that no matter how old, or young, you are you can ALWAYS make a difference. And his advice to our generation? “Take a look around your community, family, circle of friends and find a need. Some people are homeless and you see them daily; instead of giving them a dollar, stop and talk with them. Be a friend. We often take the term “serve” and create an idea of standing at a soup kitchen, but we are called to serve others daily. Just find someone in need and help them out.”
As if liking this guy wasn’t easy enough already, his encouragement to our generation is a breath of fresh air. Helping others and volunteering might not drastically change your life, it might not make all of your problems disappear, but what it can do is change the life of someone else. Our generation has such an opportunity to start making a difference and impacting the world. I hope all of you reading this no matter what age you are or what phase of life you’re in decide to get involved and go outside of your comfort zone. So many of us post status updates, Instagram pics, even quotes about changing the world and making it a better place, but we fail to realize that every dream requires action. I encourage you to make a difference even if it’s a small step it will be a step in the right direction.
Photo by: @torirayphotography
To learn more about aTimeForChangeMovement and how you can get involved visit www.atimeforchangemovement.com