As members of First-Centenary we often look for opportunities in which to either volunteer or serve. While some consider the terms interchangeable, “Volunteers and Servants” are actually different. Some people realize that volunteering is a duty or responsibility that truly differs from serving. Have you ever volunteered to serve in some way and wish you hadn’t agreed to participate? We’ve all been there and some of us continue to over commit ourselves on a day-to-day basis.
With National Caregiving Month almost in our rear view mirror, let’s look ahead to stewardship opportunities for serving with compassion and generosity, rather than obligation. Instead of jumping in with a sense of regret, take a moment to search the contents of your heart. Are you frowning on the inside while smiling on the outside, wishing someone else had been willing to complete the task at hand? Are you acting, based on a sense of duty, rather than heartfelt desire to respond to the need or responsibility presented? It’s okay to be honest with yourself and others when your heart is simply not in sync with what you are being asked to do…What’s not okay is to fail to pray for God to soften your heart for times of future service. Tennessee may be the VOLUNTEER state, but to SERVE whole-heartedly can be far more meaningful with a divine touch from above.
Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 @ 9:30 AM EDT