If you could ask a single question to someone or something, anywhere in the world, and be sure of an answer: what would it be?
Would you ask how you can find true love? Quadruple your salary? Simply be happy? Or would you ask, how can I make the biggest difference?
How can I leave a legacy?
This year, Remember a Charity Week launched Human, the world’s first charity-powered search engine, reminding us that it’s people and charities we turn to when we want the answers to life’s biggest questions.
It’s no exaggeration to say that every person longs to live their life in a way that makes them happy, while also making their mark - it’s every childhood dream. When we’ve done a good deed we bask in the knowledge that that single action may have made someone’s day or changed a life. We turn to charities so that we can give back to the world around us - whether it’s after a close friend battles a disease we’ve never heard of or we’re that person who finds a puppy abandoned on the street. As human beings we love to feel like we’re doing something special and that we’re having an impact; and if we can’t find that in our jobs, we look elsewhere.
The truth, though, is that what we really dream of is making a permanent mark on the world and having an impact that continues far into the future. Here at TLG, we know that the local church is the hope of the world, and we dream of a time where children and young people’s lives are transformed day in, day out, by the kindness and generosity of volunteers who pray, serve and give so that those who struggle can find hope and a future.
A report ordered by UNICEF in 2017 found that despite the UK being the sixth richest economy in the world, 1 in 5 children face food insecurity. Moreover, children eligible for and claiming free school meals are four times more likely to be excluded than those not eligible. As we see an increase in holiday hunger and a rise in exclusions from schools across the UK, the fact is that bringing hope and a future to struggling children and young people is more vital than ever.
So, we’d love to invite you to express what matters most to you in life by leaving a legacy that will last for years to come. Through TLG, you could be the difference between a young person realising their value and finding a future, or serving a prison sentence.
There’s a quote by Frederick Buechner which says, ‘The place God calls you to is the place where your deepest gladness and the world’s deepest hunger meet.’ I pray that as you go out into the world - as you ask life’s big questions and strive to make a difference - that you leave the legacy you always dreamed you would.
Find out how you can bring hope and a future and leave a legacy through TLG here.
Sarah started at TLG as an intern after graduating from the University of York. She loves reading and writing, and is passionate about supporting struggling children through her work in the Trusts and Foundations team at TLG.