I have noticed over the last few years that the measure of how much one cares is increasingly tied to a dollar sign. Now I understand that while love makes the world go around, its money that pays the bills for it to keep turning, and organizations need money to function. Many groups do wonderful things and make our lives better. Some are looking for cures to cancer or other diseases. Most are trying to raise our awareness of different social and political problems here and aboard. Most also want to help ease the grief and pain felt not only by those with these conditions, but their families and loved ones as well.
As a result many of the organizations have promoted activities to raise awareness and to give voice to the concerns and needs of these people. Marches were formed, support groups started and organizations sprung to life. I suppose someone had the idea that wow wouldn't this also be a nice way to help raise some funds while we are at it. Who could argue with that, after all these things don't pay for themselves.
At first the fund raising was a side issue, something tagged onto the general purpose of the organization. However over time the fund raising became the issue, the reason the event and organization existed. Now it wasn't just come out and show support or learn something about our cause, it was now raise money for our cause. And each year the push to bring in more and more money becomes more and more the issue.
I know, Don you are barking down the wrong street, these are good organizations with good goals. I don't mean to sound like I'm trying to rain on the parade. I just think something has been lost along the way. I mentioned earlier that Christmas had reminded me of this issue. The reason is long before walks and causes became commercalized, Christmas was already way down that road. Many Christians lament the fact that Santa and shopping have overshadowed Christ and caroling at Christmas. When money walks in it usually isn't content to sit in the back.
So while fund raising is a needed evil, let's not forget that concern should never be mearsured by dollar signs. Remember Jesus' view of the offering of the rich man and the poor widow. Just because someone may not have much to give, or just wants to show their support through their presence doesn't mean they care less then the person who wins the most money raised award. To each of us is given a different gift, a different measure of a gift, but all are gifts from God to be used for the greater good. When we value each one's contribution, not counti