Our New Year’s Resolution
If you’re like us at all, you’re probably still getting through the last remnants of the holiday season and starting to implement plans for the year ahead. This time of year is always one of the most reflective. It’s a time to evaluate what is really important in life. It’s a time to figure out what’s next. How will this year be better than the last?
For a while now, we’ve been saying that the mission of The Salvation Army is to “preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.” It’s a pretty incredible mission – it can be daunting at times!
And even with such an inspirational agenda, why we do what we do can get lost. It’s clear that we want to accomplish a lot but it’s also important for us to share why we do it.
First, we believe that we have been called to this work. We believe that God loves the people that He created but, for a lot of different reasons, they find themselves to be in need. We believe that the God who created all of us has placed us in a position to help spread love to the world in the form of warm meals, safe shelter, and unwavering compassion.
Secondly, we do this work because of a deep and continuing love for people. On a daily basis, we are privileged to serve some of the most beautiful spirits in this world. In the Carolinas alone, we routinely see hundreds of young people and their families every single day in our after-school programs. We believe that young people should be given the best opportunity to succeed and so we mentor them, we provide guidance and support, and we are there to let them know that they are loved and cared for.
We serve because, no matter what the story, the right thing to do is to make sure that people have enough food to eat.
We serve because we all make mistakes. Sometimes, those mistakes are costly but we believe that everyone deserves a second chance.
We serve because a family that is able to remain together is often able to overcome obstacles together.
We serve because we believe in people. We believe in redemption.
We believe that the story isn’t finished yet.
We love because God first loved us.
This year, we absolutely want you to know what we are able to do. When you choose to support The Salvation Army, we want you to be able to see the positive, tangible results. We want you to see the students that graduate high school and go on to college after coming through our Boys & Girls Clubs. We want you to see the families that are restored thanks to our Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation programs.
But we also want you to know why we are here. We are here to insist that people loved. We are here to be salt and light to the world.
We are here to serve.