I just happened to glance at the obituary section of the New York Times on Wednesday June 1st. What caught my eye was this picture.
What I saw was a smiling face of a young man who in his smile felt like someone who was fun-loving, approachable and generous. Come to find out, he was all of those things. Most notable was that he had a substantial impact for any of us who work with or support non-profit organizations. Thomas Alfred Troyer was the tax attorney that wrote the draft tax legislation that allowed for the creation of a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Mr. Troyer had a significant impact on how our society here in the United States works. This was a good reminder for me that one person, using their talents and skills applied to a societal need, can make a difference. The same can be said about anything; our work, our neighborhoods, our schools or our churches. One person can make a difference and create a different way.
Jesus took a different way and modeled for us the importance of taking care of the poor, the widowed, the diseased, and those who are unjustly treated among us. He and His Disciples did it without pay or earthly rewards. He understood and lived the struggles of our broken humanity. As the new media campaign says, “He gets us“. If He could do all He did for us, then we can do our part to give back, sacrifice, and do our best to help those in need and to find our own different way to help.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:6 (New Living Translation)