I will use my time.

August 26, 2015 Partners 0 Comments

Before the start of the New Year many of our colleagues, co-workers, family members, and friends commit to one or more New Year’s resolutions.

The usual suspects?

To workout more regularly.
To eat more healthily.
To spend more wisely.

Some folks dig a little deeper:

To spend more time in conversations that matter.
To complain less and to do more.
To cut others some slack (and to cut themselves some slack too).
To read good books and to listen to good music.

My little family does not make New Year’s resolutions (though there is certainly great value in a commitment to self-improvement). Instead, we choose an annual theme.

Two years ago the theme was this: I will use my time.

It was chosen after reading the below quote from George Bernard Shaw:

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one … I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

Bultema Group exists to make things better because our work and our lives “belong to the whole community” and because it is our privilege to “do for it whatever we can.”

This afternoon a group of nine talented folks sat around a long, conference table to discuss a unique event Mel Trotter Ministries is hosting later this fall. The event is meant to kick-off the organization’s Season of Hope and to celebrate the good work their staff, volunteers, and partners are doing to end homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area.

Laura and I left the discussion energized.



Because Mel Trotter Ministries knows this: our work and our lives “belong to the whole community” and it is our privilege to “do for it whatever we can.”

Mel Trotter Ministries exists to demonstrate the compassion of Jesus Christ to the homeless, hungry, and during of the greater Grand Rapids area. Their staff and their volunteers work daily to feed the hungry, lift the fallen, restore the broken, and heal the hurt. Their ministry is LIGHT in a hurting – sometimes hopeless – world. They make things better.

Want to celebrate Mel Trotter Ministries’ Season of Hope with us?

Tickets are now on sale.

The entire Bultema Group team will be there.