Positive thoughts and practices are the
weights that keep us sharp and toned.
I ask this question not with a judgmental tone, but simply with curiosity.
If you’re reading this blog, I’m sure you understand that the purpose each person has for their life is SO much bigger than them.
For example, that amazing teacher you might’ve had in grade school or college wasn’t great just to having bragging rights to say they were the best teacher. They knew the reward came from the hundreds of children that will thrive in life from having had them as their teacher.
Let me tell you,
when I was being afraid and fearful to use my gifts, God CHECKED ME me! LOL Nah for real though. He said, “Girl, it’s not about you. It’s about the people that’ll benefit & be blessed from the gifts I’ve given you.
That’s how God and I talk lol. He keeps me in check.
After grasping that understanding, fear left and I became grateful He decided to use me as a vessel for these appointed gifts.
SO, I’ve grown to learn that one of my gifts is being able to connect with youth. I enjoy it and I do my best to stay actively involved with youth all around town through various organizations.
My most recent youth interaction was volunteering for Vacation Bible School at my church. This was my 3rd year doing it and it’s really a week I look forward to each summer. I think I look forward to the amazing decorations, new worship songs and exciting bible stories more than the kids do!
Any who, it’s a whole week packed with information teaching elementary students about the goodness of God.
These days are long and can be quite tiring….but it’s so worth it.
It’s worth it because of the memories that are made, and the lessons taught throughout the week stick with these kids and guide them when faced with various decisions or situations in their lives.
I see the light bulb moments that happen when watching them listen to the bible stories and the excitement they get when remembering the bible verse of the day.
To be able to play the little part of being a crew leader throughout the week so they can get that experience is priceless.
There’s this quote I found that says…
“Volunteers don’t necessarily have the time, they just have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew.
It’s so true. Going to work for the rest of the day right after VBS and changing in the car to get there on time was a little hectic (Thank God for tinted windows LOL!) but again, it was worth it.
I remember going to VBS too…well our VBS wasn’t as extravagant as it is these days lol. Kids these days better be grateful! Lol But I remember my VBS days and now as an adult, I realize the people that taught us probably came straight from work (I remember it being in the afternoon) to spend time with us for free willingly.
That gratitude hits differently when you now see it from an adult perspective.
Volunteering is so rewarding.
The feeling you experience knowing you’ve been a blessing by giving your valuable time and yourself to those you’re helping is priceless.
I invite you to find some new volunteer work within your city.
Identify your gifts and find an organization that will benefit from them.
Are you a great cook? Summer camps need help in the kitchen.
Not a kid person, maybe the next person running for a position in your town can use your help campaigning.
Until you find something that fits you, checks are always very helpful too!
Comment below about your most recent volunteer experience! I’m excited to see how you’re using your gifts!
“Volunteers are not paid—not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” - unknown