Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Volunteer Revolution

Since it is Christmas break and all, I have had some time to read some books. This excites me very much because I find myself adding books to a list that I will read when I have time. Right now, I am reading the book The Volunteer Revolution by Bill Hybels.

As some of you may know, I am over Planet Kidz at Foothills Community Church (Toccoa). The problem is I am lacking on volunteers. To me, the kids are the most important thing in the church because they are the ones that will keep the church growing 10-15 years down the road. These kids have the power to transform our world and make a difference. The kids that I work with are so great and I love them so much! I want other people to experience the same thing that I do. This is why I have started reading The Volunteer Revolution.

After reading the first chapter I realized where I could be going wrong.  People tend to be so busy with work, family, and lots of other things. So I have gotten into the habit of convincing myself that some people are too busy to invest the time that is needed into the kids. But after reading the first chapter I realized this mindset is wrong.  People may be going to work, being involved with their children or whatever. However, none of that will fulfill a person like serving people for the cause of Jesus Christ. I get more satisfaction in that one hour at church working with the kids then any other time of the week.

So this is where I am going wrong. People may be really busy, but that does not mean they are fulfilled. I do not need to be ashamed of asking people who are really busy with life to come and serve along side with me back in Planet Kidz. Why? Because doing something that has an effect on eternity is so much more fulfilling than being busy with "life."

Look at it like this. What is your favorite sport? Mine is softball for sure! Now imagine yourself in the bleachers watching the game. What is more fun? Being a spectator or a participant? If you are anything like me, when I am watching a softball game I would be ready to play as soon as someone asked me. Heck, I may even be yelling, "put me in coach!" My challenge to you is to get off the bleachers and join in on the game!

If working with children is your thing that is great! If serving coffee, greeting people, or making sure people find  a parking spot is what you love, then do it! But don't just sit back and be a spectator; I can assure you that will get old fast.  I can promise you this, when you find out where you fit and where God can use you best, you will find the greatest joy! But, it is up to you to jump in, put on the uniform and become a participant!

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