Jim Dea Member Spotlight
April 30, 2021
How do we build a better community? Don't expect the government to take care of us. The government can and does help us, but it's not their primary role. We need to take care of each other. Neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends. If you see a person in need, help them. That's what Jesus would do. I'm not just talking about money, if you can help, help them carry their groceries, rake their leaves, or just sit and listen to them. That's how real communities are built. Where does your passion to give/help originate from? That's easy, two places. Number one, my faith in Jesus Christ who gave the ultimate gift, he died for me and you and everybody. All relationships begin with sacrifice. The relationship with your parents, your friends, your teachers, coworkers, and everybody begins at some level small or large with a sacrifice. Without sacrifice, there is no relationship. It's easy to help others when SO much has been given to me. I always say I'm the most fortunate guy I know. Mostly for what God gave to me, but then number two, I have this beautiful wife, these great kids, this great business with coworkers that I love like family, and an association that I am so proud to be a small part of. HOW BLESSED AM I? If others would like to help/give, how would they help? The one parting piece of advice that I have given to each of my children as they have gone off to college or off on their own is to find someplace to volunteer. Obviously, we all need a way to pay the bills, but equally important, we all need to find a way to give back to our community on top of just making a living. I believe when we give back through volunteering our money, and often more importantly our time, we gain far more than we give, and we strengthen our community. Again, it goes back to sacrifice. Without sacrifice there is no relationship, there is no community. We all need to take care of each other.