Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For June 16th

Happy Friday, Team!


Happy faith-filled Friday! I hope your week has been great and that your Juneteenth weekend is full of fun activities. Today, I open this message a little upbeat because I get to share one of my favorite topics: the Power of a Positive Attitude.


As a president and CEO of a nonprofit organization, Lutheran Social Services Southern California’s success is built on the foundation of positivity, which starts with each of us.


As you will know, working in a nonprofit organization can be challenging and sometimes demanding. We deal with real-life issues affecting individuals and communities; sometimes, progress can seem slow. But that was a positive attitude; we can rise above those challenges and make a real difference. You prove it every single day that you work at this great organization. You embrace, equip, and empower the most vulnerable people in these communities. You must have a positive attitude. So that you don’t see the glass as half empty, you always see it as half full. And that’s what I love about working at LSSSC.



A positive attitude can cause us to accomplish great things. In the Bible, Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but across spirit dries up the bones.” This verse reminds us of the power of a positive attitude. It is good medicine for our souls, and it has the potential to transform our work environment.

It is also important to remember that our attitude impacts our work outcomes. When we approach a task negatively, we limit our potential and set ourselves up for failure. But when we approach a job with a positive attitude, we create the conditions for success. We are more likely to achieve our goals by surpassing our own expectations.


As a nonprofit organization, Lutheran Social Services Southern California has the added benefit of knowing that our work is meaningful and makes a difference in the world. And attitude helps us remember why we are here, what we are working towards, and why it matters.


In conclusion, I encourage you to adapt and maintain a positive attitude. Let us approach our work with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, grow, and support each other. When we foster positivity in ourselves and those around us, we create an environment of kindness and faith- values at the heart of our organization.



I am grateful for each of you and the meaningful work we do together. Let’s go forward with a positive attitude daily to make a difference in the world. Thank you, and God bless you for all you do daily to make those we serve lives more meaningful.

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Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!