Dr. Beckwith’s Friday Inspiration For September 9th

Happy Friday, Team!

Although this week was short, I honestly think this week has been crammed with three weeks into one. It’s been busy and eventful. We have so much going on in this organization; all we do excites and ignites passion.

I have always lived my life as someone who values today, understanding that tomorrow isn’t promised. But I am also visionary and love casting a vision for the future. 

I thank God for the job I hold, and I take seriously the trust He and others put in me. However, no matter how much I believe God has placed me here, I find myself, on some days, questioning if 

I am completing the work God has called me to do.

Do you have days like that also? Do you question your calling? If you do, let me share how I overcome the voices that cause me to question. I go to the Word. Today, I share a few scriptures,

Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Isaiah 1:17. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. 

Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

What we do at LSSSC is a calling. Every single role, every position, every act, should be looked at as representing Jesus. Our calling is a gift God has given us for us to share with others. 

I believe when we express our gifts for another person’s sake, we often experience the joy of being fully alive. Calling is something we are born to do, and passion is the path or the skill we hold that supports us as we exercise that calling.

We want to encourage you to pursue and exercise your calling at Lutheran Social Services Southern California. We want you to discover your true and inherent passion, skill, and vocation. I pray you have already found it here with us.

For people of faith, the question of calling can be a mystery; it can cause frustration, confusion, and hope. For me, it’s wrapped up in the scripture you see on our website under my bio—

Proverbs 31:8-9, “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

I believe that’s my calling. I hope you know and are embracing yours. God bless you as you share your gifts with our clients and co-workers.

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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!