I had a conversation yesterday with and old friend who wants to volunteer for one of our events but there was a catch…she wants to bring her young kids with her. I’ll admit my first reaction was “Oh dear, that will add way too much chaos to the mix.” My doubts were not about her family’s ability to do assigned tasks, my doubts were in my own abilities to feed a group of 200 kids while directing others with small children to get the job done. So I was left asking myself, “Am I up to that challenge?” I told Megan (Mom of three great kids) I needed to think on it for a day and get back to her.
When I woke this morning my answer was an overwhelming “YES!”.
Why is it we’re so quick to forget the lessons we learned along the way? My husband and I volunteered many years for ministries and other activities and our kids went with us everywhere. It was through the sharing our life experiences that our kids learned valuable life lessons. They practiced math skills by counting out coloring sheets for Sunday School. They learned how to unstack little plastic chairs and put them around tables. They learned proper respect and behavior by not climbing on the very tables on which children would be eating their snacks. They also learned they could bring out the worst in me by playing with the light switches in every room. Needless to say, I learned a few lessons along the way as well.
My children are grown now and I am so proud of their servant hearts and level of maturity and respect for others. When others ask them for assistance they rarely hesitate and jump right in to help. What is it that made them the very kids they are today? I believe it’s the result of a whole lot of prayer combined with the view of the world we tried to show them when they were young.
Ministries are not just about the people you are serving, they are actually more about the servant hearts doing the work! Scripture states we are “created to do good works”. When we deny part of that which God created in us, we are stepping on and squashing a potential seed that has been planted in us from conception.
I don’t think we can earn brownie points on God’s “Book of Good Deeds”, in fact I’m not sure anything we do impresses God–He’s God, creator of the entire Earth and everything in it! But I do know, from past experience, that by embracing our need to serve Him we mature spiritually! We learn to love others unconditionally. We learn patience, gentleness, kindness, and self control. It’s through serving others we foster and nourish the “servant seed” God planted in us. And when we behave in a way that honors God, His heart within us grows.
So my answer to the question, “Who makes a Good Volunteer?” is this.
Whether your a mom with a back pack full of baby or your retired with some time to spare! God has been, and will always be, working on the very qualities He created in you. One of those important qualities is your servant heart!
I hope and pray that Forever Fed will always remain a family friendly environment where all may serve Him, young or old, rich or poor. I am so pleased that young parents are willing to serve with us in an effort to raise up God’s children to glorify Him! I also pray that you will allow the Lord to grow and educate the servant heart in you. It’s through service projects and outreach events that we grow and get to know Him!
If you’d like to join us and serve along side Forever Fed, please click on the volunteer tab and fill out the form!
Live Each Day to His Glory!