Give a Little Bit

by Jill Klusendorf
Director of Community Life

One of the goofiest arguments my husband David and I have is over what music to listen to in the car. David has an IPod playlist that contains enough music to run continuously, literally, for over 37 years. Me, I'm a radio kind of girl; I like not knowing what comes next. Maybe it was a brief career at a couple of radio stations way back when, but maybe it's because I like the many possibilities of musical serendipity that abound in the airwaves. (I know, more of the serendipity spiel!)

On my to drive to CHC, the music direction is my own. Even with the radio on, it's blissfully quiet and contemplative. Lately on my ride, "Give a Little Bit" by Supertramp, as well as the really great cover by The Goo Goo Dolls turns up on the dial at least once a trip, sometimes more.

When "Give a Little Bit" was originally released, I taped it onto a cassette from the radio and wrote the words down to share with my girlfriends. There may or may not have been practice sessions involved. I'm sure we thought it was a love song to some boy we were pining away for, written expressly for us. Today, I know it is a love song, but set in the reverse; its lyrics are a call to action.

The voices of the Holy Trinity are behind these words:

Give a little bit,
Give a little bit of your love to me
Give a little bit,
I'll give a little bit of my love to you
There's so much that we need to share
So send a smile and show you care

I'll give a little bit,
I'll give a little bit of my life for you
So give a little bit,
Give a little bit of your time to me
See the man with the lonely eyes
Take his hand, you'll be surprised

Give a little bit,
Give a little bit of your love to me
I'll give a little bit,
I'll give a little bit of my love for you
Now's the time that we need to share
So find yourself, we're on our way back home
Going home
Don't you need to feel at home?
Oh yeah, we gotta sing

When I told David what I planned on writing about, he told me the name of the album that "Give a Little Bit" came from. It's entitled Even in the Quietest Moments. David's not only a font of music knowledge, but my biggest supporter, and he usually lets me listen to the radio.

Let your quiet moments lead you home, to 222 Kenilworth Avenue. It's a place of respite. A place of giving and receiving. A place to belong. A place to share. It is, without a doubt, a Holy Comforter.

Its warm embrace will lead you in directions you may not even know you are seeking. There are so many fantastic opportunities at CHC to use your time, talent and treasure in any way you see fit and plenty of options to forge your own. I'd love to help you find your place here. God has given us so much. Give a Little Bit.