Question of the Week: People in our Community
September 4, 2013
With last week’s anniversary of the March on Washington, we’ve been thinking about Martin Luther King and are inspired not only by what he accomplished, but by the way in which he accomplished it. We all know people that scream, yell and possibly make threats when things don’t go their way. But not Dr. King. His persistent yet peaceful, nonviolent philosophy in the face of very heated and emotional issues is still a great lesson in the world today.
This might be true everywhere from your neighborhood to Algeria. Obviously we can’t all be Dr. King nor will we all be called to lead as he did, but it’s hard not to take note of him as we ponder the needs of our community and how we can tend to them. Like him, we can recognize need and act.
In teaching our children about generosity and giving, we would be remiss if we didn’t call attention to those that are doing good work in our communities and highlight both the need and that need being filled. From Calcutta’s Mother Teresa to Columbia’s John Fling — or perhaps to the guy that works at the soup kitchen once a week … the lady that delivers Meals on Wheels … your son for helping your elderly neighbor with his garbage every Tuesday … the grandmother that volunteers to tutor children at your school … the people that give generously to area homeless shelters … and we could go on and on and on.
So what does your community need people to do? What does our community need from us and how can we provide it? What would make our school better? What kinds of skills are needed to fill these gaps and what kind of personality traits do we see in those who are willing to serve? Find out what your family thinks using the Question of the Week!
Use the Question of the Week to spark conversation with your children about family, money, giving and help them explore what matters most to them.