Chaplain’s thoughts … November 6, 2015

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“Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.”

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Today marks the start of our final week of the annual Combined Federal Campaign. This annual event calls and challenges every Airman regardless of rank or position to give. Unapologetically this campaign asks us to put our money where our mouth is. It is a call to congruency, a call to put into action our good intentions of helping others by giving financially to a charity of our own choosing.

Giving is deeply personal. Some give as an act of obedience to their faith; others as an act of kindness based upon our common humanity. Whatever your motivation may be, the CFC campaign is a good time to re-evaluate your giving habits.

So, I invite you to do a self-inspection of your charitable giving. Does your giving reflect your level of concern for the needs of those around you? Have you taken the time to find a relief agency, mission, shelter, ministry or educational institution that reaches out to others in ways that are aligned with your own convictions and moral compass?

If not, now would be a great time to evaluate your giving and take some steps to align your giving with your values. Your squadron CFC representative can provide you with all the information you will need to make a one-time contribution or a monthly payroll deduction to the charity of your choice.

Knowing that your generosity reaches far beyond your grasp, I applaud you for your generous giving to meet the needs of others, and I thank you for your service and sacrifice.