The one step from tragedy to joy
How to not miss the gift of giving
In the quaint Texas town of Fredericksburg, over drinks around a fire with friends, we talked about the greatest joys of life. We agreed that service to others is close to the top of the list, and it is so, innately, for all humans.
America slows down for the holidays, a rare and valuable ritual of pausing commerce for family, friends, and giving. It’s good for our hearts and our souls.
When we first sprung to action on day 3 of the war to start the Ukraine Relief Network, my motivation stemmed from all three. Family - my grandfather was Ukrainian, and my youngest daughter was born in Kyiv; friends - we have many after living there, and giving - I believe our talents, networks, and yes, even our bank accounts are there to give to others.
My wife Deb and I made a trip to Ukraine in September to speak to refugees from all over Ukraine, strategize with our team on the ground, and record some of the stories. I have not cried so much in my entire adult life, and I have not experienced so much profound joy in a long time. These two things are connected, I believe. ( Read a detailed post about our trip.)
A profound tragedy is also the birthplace of profound meaning and joy. It seems paradoxical, but it’s not. Both scripture and science point to generous giving and service as a core source of happiness.
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:3
Test this idea. As commerce slows down, be present and generous with your time, your wallet, and your words. You will bless others and be blessed yourself.
Would you do this for me? Watch this short video we lovingly produced to weave together the tragedy, the hope, and the stories we heard directly from Ukrainians. I think you will also feel the joy in it.
If you are so moved, consider donating to this cause at www.UkraineReliefNetwork.org