I’m the pastor here at SixEight Church. You can probably guess that by the articles I write. I’m not 100% correct in everything in life. But, I’m constantly trying to learn and improve so that I can better help those around me.
There are a couple of things I’ve learned over the past couple of years I want to share with you.
For starters, I see so much potential in each and every person that comes through our doors. And, I’ll be honest with you. It still surprises me when you don’t see the potential in yourself. Don’t hear me wrong. I totally get where you’re coming from: “I’ve just fought too many battles and lost. The deck is just stacked against me. Every time I get up, someone knocks me down again.” So, we stop fighting. We stop pushing toward our potential because every day, it’s just a struggle to survive.
Unfortunately, what this leads us to is a life of mere existence. “I’m just trying to get through another day.” As the comedian Brian Regan says: “I’m just trying to get through life without looking stupid and it’s not working out so well.” So we spend our days trying to secure what we need to exist for one more day. And that’s all we have the time/energy for.
I’ve been there, so I know exactly what that’s like.
Another thing I have learned is volunteers don’t serve to get things or, because they have the time. Volunteers serve because they have the heart to do so. We tend to think that volunteers fit into one of three categories. They need help, so they volunteer so they can get the help they desire. They have done something wrong and are being forced to do community service. Or they are retired and have too much time on their hands.
Some of those things might be true. In fact, some of those might be the thing that gets them to begin volunteering, but those reasons will never keep someone volunteering for the long haul. In fact, the only thing that I’ve seen that motivates people to volunteer for the long haul is having the heart to serve and love on others.
So, what does that have to do with giving back? Well, let me try to explain.
I know there are some who think they don’t have the time to volunteer here at the church because it takes all that they have to survive. And while that might be the case, I bet if you and I sat down, we could find some time. There are some who truly don’t have the time because they’re working 2 or 3 jobs, and have a family to care for. I get that. But, that’s also not very many.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
This may hit a little close to home, so I’ll just pick on myself for this one. I have a tendency to be lazy. I like lounging on the couch and watching endless episodes of Treehouse Masters. And, volunteering gets in the way of my Treehouse Master time. So, I don’t do it.
Those are a couple of our excuses we use for not volunteering. But, I think there is often more to it than that. And it goes back to the first thing.
In general, I think we often tend to either have a low view of ourselves and that leads us to believe that we don’t have anything to contribute. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, we have a really high view of ourselves, and we think our time is more valuable than others.
In either circumstance, the end result is the same – our potential isn’t realized. We, either through putting ourselves down or lifting ourselves up, become our own worst stumbling block. In essence, we are the ones who keep ourselves from moving forward.
Can I challenge you today? See what happens if you step out of your comfort zone and start serving those around you. I
think know you will be amazed at how much it changes your life when you help someone else. You will be amazed by how much potential you will see in yourself when you start serving others.
Because, that’s what it comes down to, isn’t it? If we see unrealized potential in people, we want to do whatever we can to help them realize it. When we start seeing people in this light, it changes everything.
To experience your full potential, work to help others see their potential.
“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge