How rich are you?  While “rich” is often used to describe great wealth and possessions, many people from across the country felt a lot better off than hundreds of thousands in Rockport, Port Aransas, Houston, and other surrounding Texas cities after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.  So many in these areas lost loved ones, homes, possessions, and businesses.  How did Texans and beyond respond?

There was a flood of support as millions applied Living WELL Aware Essential Element #6:  Graciously Give Your Gifts.  The outpouring of stewardship in Time, Talents, and Treasures was tremendous, diverse, and humbling.  While Texans did what we do best in exhibiting our “Southern Hospitality” with opening up shelters and homes to house, clothe, and feed the homeless, volunteers came from outlying states with their expertise to handle one of the worst natural disasters this country has ever experienced.  This catastrophic event brought out the best in millions of people (emergency workers, volunteers, celebrities) who in so many ways, including prayer, came to the aid of those in need.

This was a reminder to all of us that we are surrounded by those in need on a daily basis.  If you are reading this, chances are you are rich in so many ways.  The more we give, the richer our lives will be.  Let’s not only continue to help those affected by this recent tragedy but also seek to help someone every day in some sort of way:  volunteering, giving a kind word of praise or hope, a listening ear, monetary donations, a phone call, a text message.  The more we Graciously Give Our Gifts, the richer we are.  It’s not about money and possessions.  It’s about Living WELL Aware!