The Joy of Volunteering

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Tamara and Misty bundling donated coats after church service.

volunteer: a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking; a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

There’s something about giving of yourself with no expectation of recompense. Just freely offering yourself with the understanding that your offering is an act of service that will multiply to bless those on the receiving end in ways you cannot fathom.

Hurricane Sandy has decimated the East Coast. There are parts of New York City that survived unscathed, then there are parts that look like a war zone. The images of New Jersey are devastating and what I’ve heard from people in Connecticut, they fared only slightly better. I haven’t yet been to the tragic areas of New York City, I really haven’t ventured further than four miles from home, but I have been able to contribute my time in a meaningful way. To that end, I am writing to encourage you, rather you’re near to or far from this particular recovery effort or you see a need where you are: show your heart, lend a hand, share your time, give of yourself to someone in need and/or an organization with an infrastructure to assist a community in need.

Today’s lesson: Every little bit helps. When you combine your little bit with the little bit of others, you all can make a huge difference. Go out and be a blessing. 

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Uli and Jeffrey congratulating themselves for their packing and heavy lifting skills.

My brothers and sisters, God called you to be free, but do not use your freedom as an excuse to do what pleases your sinful self. Serve each other with love. The whole law is made complete in this one command: “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  ~ Galatians 5:13-14

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