In 1990 I started one of the best jobs I’ve ever held in the Operating Room of Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. I had 3 years experience as a circulating nurse and was very excited to be a part of a prestigious operating room.
On the third day I reported to work my preceptor greeted me with, “Susan, today you’re going to be a scrub nurse!” I just smiled and said, “Great! Let’s go!” but inside my stomach was churning and my heart was racing. It was only my third day at work and they were already pushing me far beyond my comfort zone. I scrubbed and passed instruments for the very first time in my life that day. I was nervous, and made countless errors but I left work that day feeling a huge sense of accomplishment.
Forever Fed’s most valuable assets are our volunteer servers. We can plan and coordinate events all day long but we could not fight this battle against hunger without the numerous volunteers that give their valuable time in service to our community.
During our Thanksgiving Event we had an enormous number of volunteers serving for countless hours of food preparation as well as meal service and I am truly humbled by what I’ve seen. Every volunteer a smile on their face and most came in groups of two or three ready to jump into the “unknown” and just do it. Many were first time servers to Forever Fed and I have such respect for those who stepped out of their comfort zone to serve their neighbors a meal. I hope and pray each one left with a sense of accomplishment and a renewed commitment to their community.
Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things? When we step into new situations with unfamiliar people and share our servant hearts our horizons expand just a bit. Each time you take a step away from self and towards others the sense of accomplishment is huge and the rewards are eternal, everyone wins!
It is my hope that you’ll adopt a “Great! Let’s go!” attitude towards servant hood today. I pray you’ll step out in faith and volunteer for something you’ve always wanted to do but never dared to attempt. Make a choice to partner with someone, anyone, be it Forever Fed or one of many local organizations serving your community. Your stomach may cringe and your heart may race but if you’ll continue to walk the path of servant hood you may soon discover God has been with you every step of the way.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10