As promised I am sharing some insight into giving back, this is the second and last installment on community involvement. Now keep in mind, these are my personal opinions and there are many ways to give back. But for the purpose of this blog I will focus mentoring to younger people. This many not be everyone's favorite way to give back, but I know it is mine. The first part of the blog on community focused primarily on why give back, and in short the conclusion was to provide opportunity for someone else. (Check out the entire blog here.) This blog dives a littler deeper on the "why" question, more into the motivation for giving and the importance of that motivation.
What is motivating you share your time, to give your perspective, and your effort?
Part 2: Karma or not - when you give, do you give with the idea that what you put out should come back to you. For instance, when you serve someone else, are you serving for your own personal gain? Do you hope something good will come back to you? Do you hope that someone will see you and give you praise? If you go into community involvement with a tainted heart, then are you really involved, are you really engaged? Are you being selfless or selfish.
When you are mentoring someone, you are serving others and providing them a sense of light, you should be doing it because it is what is right. To share your success, and pass it on to someone else. Paying it forward, in a way, in hopes they if they too see success they will pass it on to someone else in the future.
Too many people look for the fame and the glory, when there may not be any fame or glory to be had in these instances. Many times you may be giving to someone who is incapable of giving back to you. When you are not involved for the right reasons, the message does not come across genuine, but most importantly you are not serving the Highest cause.
Don't ever allow yourself to get too busy that you forget what it is that you are really trying to accomplish.
"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." Matthew 6