Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For September 15th

Friday blessings LSSSC team,

As we close out another week of unwavering dedication and service to our community, I want to take a moment to inspire and uplift your spirits, especially considering the unique challenges and high levels of stress that come with your roles. I know that in our work, you often encounter situations that can be emotionally taxing and traumatic. But today, I want to remind you, “Do not be discouraged!”

As I opened the week with In John 16:33, I want to close it with the same message, “while we will face trouble in this world, we can find peace in Him because He has overcome the world. This message is not only a source of strength when dealing with daily challenges but also a beacon of hope when navigating the trauma and stress that can sometimes accompany our roles. These words from the scripture resonate deeply with our journey at LSSSC. They remind us that challenges are part of life, but they do not define us. It’s in overcoming these challenges that we find our true strength and purpose.

It’s essential to acknowledge that what you do every day is not easy. You encounter individuals and families who are facing some of the most challenging moments of their lives. You witness pain, hardship, and uncertainty, and it can be emotionally overwhelming. But I want you to know that you are not alone in this journey.

Dealing with trauma and stress requires resilience, self-care, and a strong support network. Here are a few reminders:

1. **Lean on Each Other:** Your colleagues are your allies in this work. Share your experiences, seek support, and offer it in return. Together, you can provide comfort and understanding to one another.

2. **Self-Care Matters:** Take time for self-care. Whether it’s a few moments of meditation, a walk in nature, or simply pausing to breathe deeply, prioritize your mental and emotional well-being.

3. **Seek Professional Help:** If you find that the stress or trauma is taking a toll on your mental health, don’t hesitate to seek professional counseling or therapy. It’s a sign of strength to ask for help when needed.

4. **Celebrate Small Victories:** In our line of work, it’s easy to focus on the challenges. Remember to celebrate the small victories and positive impacts you make in people’s lives. They are powerful reminders of the good we do.

5. **Never Lose Hope:** Even in the face of despair and trauma, never lose sight of the hope we bring to those we serve. Your dedication can be a source of strength for others, inspiring them to find hope in their own lives.

I want you to know that your work, even when it feels heavy, is making a profound difference. You are a beacon of hope for our community, a source of support for those in need, and a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

So, do not be discouraged; be encouraged! You are stronger than you know, and your work is a testament to your compassion, empathy, and unwavering commitment to our mission.

Thank you for your tireless efforts, your compassion, and your dedication to making the world a better place. Together, we will continue to overcome, heal and bring hope in Southern California.

God bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you.

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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!