Is VOLUNTEERING important? Is SERVING really that big of a deal?
With our busy life’s and all we have to do
- WHY should we serve?
- WHY should we volunteer?
- HOW does it help us?
It IS about ME too!
Let’s start with stress and how volunteering helps in this area, because, let’s face it; who doesn’t have worry in their life.
- Is there another benefit?
- Less pain is on the on the list.
- Volunteering helps us think about others and not focus so much our own troubles
You realize how amazing DIVINE and Unique YOU are as you SERVE & VOLUNTEER!
- When you do good in your community by helping individuals, this provides a natural sense of accomplishment for you.
- It gives a feeling of pride, as well as a positive view of your life and future goals.
- If you’ve lost a spouse, or your kids are older and have moved on with their own lives, or possibly your circumstances have changed? Serving can help take your mind off of your own situation. It can keep your mind mentally stimulated and add a new perspective that you had not before imagined.
- Serving breathes new life and possibilities into your soul. It opens new doors, adventures and paths that you had never even considered before. As you lose yourself, by serving others, you fill find yourself.
We can ask this and be honest – we are friends here.
- Is volunteering ALWAYS beneficial?
- What if no one says thank you, should I still help?
- If there is never any recognition for the good you do should you continue?
A resounding YES, YES and YES!!!!
I’ll give you ten reasons why, but we could go for pages and pages:
- It helps us overcome loneliness
- We learn new hobbies and skills
- Gives us purpose and direction
- Increases (or provides) social skills and interactions
- It’s just plain fun
- It helps you stay physically active because you have to get out of the house, since others are counting on you to help them
- Can take away (or alleviate) feelings of anxiety, depression or even anger at circumstances in life
- In a poll by the National Volunteering Network, 98% of respondents said volunteering has made them happier people*
- Volunteering has proven to lower blood pressure, help a person to eat healthier and exercise regularly**
- Even when it isn’t recognized personally, the kindness is ALWAYS appreciated! If not by the person directly, it is by a family member, the volunteer direction, clergy – and always by God.
What do you think about this quote from Albert Schweitzer:
THE ONLY REALLY HAPPY PEOPLE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE LEARNED HOW TO SERVE.
We live in a very tumultuous world right now. Even our families can be one of chaos and our lives can be filled with sorrow.
However we can still have PEACE, JOY AND HAPPINESS despite everything that is going on around us. We can bring blessings on our loved ones and families, when we serve with a sincere heart, and without expectation of reward.
HOW can we become HAPPY no matter what our circumstance?
Mother Teresa said: “We can do no great things – only small things with great love,”
Now this is a woman to listen to. She made a difference in millions of lives, one person at a time.
Think of it this way:
- Every one those small acts of service
- The little kind acts we perform
- Transform us to be more Christ like.
- To be a more kinder person.
- A more compassionate person.
- A more charitable person.
- And better example and righteous disciple of Christ.
How Do I Start?
- By serving with PURE love, you will discover unknown talents and abilities.
- As we continue to help, and serve without ulterior motives, we BECOME a nobler person. That is how we BECOME a more worthy shadow that our loved ones will trust to follow, and will want to exemplify.
- There are countless opportunities to be involved with. I hope you have been volunteering. Or, maybe now you are now motivated to, find a place to help with.
- I hope you will consider the SERVICE Opportunities through JUST SERVE if they are in your area HERE.
Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2017
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