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Why Volunteer?

One of the most rewarding things you can do in your life is volunteer.  Now before you stop reading, this is not a commercial for people to volunteer in Children’s Ministry, but this is to highlight a few of the benefits of volunteering (my commercial for Children’s Ministry will be coming in the future).  Here are five ways one can benefit from volunteering.

  1. Building Self Esteem:  Many times I have heard from volunteers that they get more out of helping than anything. Volunteering just makes you feel good.  It can also give you a sense of pride to accomplish something that you did for someone else.
  2. Personal Development:  Volunteering helps you get out there and meet new people.  It pushes you outside the box many of us keep ourselves in.  There have been many statistics done about how employers will hire those who volunteer.
  3. Community Concern:  To help your community in areas of need.  We all know areas that could use an extra pair of hands.  Our schools, church, and nursing homes are just a few.
  4. Become More Understanding: To become more aware of other peoples, ethnicities, cultures, and communities.
  5. Passing Your Values on:   There is something special when your children (or the next generation) see adults they look up to volunteer.  If they don’t see us volunteering, they may never see the importance of it.

Volunteering will change you.  It comes down to if you really want to be changed.  If you like add in the comments section other benefits you have had to volunteering, please do.

Resolution Renovation

With 2011 just hours away, millions of people are just days away from breaking their New Years Resolutions.  Yes, we all know that it is very easy for us to give up our resolutions each year.  We do this because many of just don’t know how to set goals that will help us succeed.  Over the last several weeks I have been working on my SMART goals for 2011.  This process has helped me have a clearer vision of what I would like to accomplish in the next year.  Now SMART goals are not new by any means, but the acrostic does give some great guidelines for goals and can help you from failing on your Resolutions this year.

  • Specific = well defined goals that are easily understood.  If someone would read it they would understand what you are trying to do?
  • Measurable= having a goal that is measurable will help you track on what you are doing or not doing to obtain your goal.
  • Attainable= to many times our goals can be out of reach.  Make sure your goal is something that can be done.
  • Relevant= your  goal need to be something meaningful to achieve.
  • Time bound= goals need to have starting points and ending points.

This year, instead of busting your Resolution on January 2, Renovate your Resolution and try writing out SMART goals.

A Special Gift

Last week a long time member of Valley Mills Christian Church, Norm Rogers, left this earth and now is with his Savior.  The last several months he had battled cancer and his faith was never moved.  Being with the family prior and after he passed was a blessing.  I could go on and on about the awesome things that took place in his last moments, but one particular event keeps coming back to me.

One of Norm’s neighbors is a member of our Student Ministry.  She and a few sponsors called some of the youth in the church to go to Norm’s and sing Christmas carols.   Not exactly knowing the status of Norm, the teenagers sang away.  To them is was just a few songs, but little did they know that within that hour Norm would pass.   As the teens sang, the family surrounded their Patriarch, and the singing was a great blessing.

It would have been easy for these kids just stay home, not thinking it was a big deal.   The weather wasnt great, it was cold, it was finals week, and a few may have never met him, but they did it anyway.   They gave a great gift.

So what are you giving for Christmas?