Do you volunteer?  Are you joyful?

 

In 1974, President Nixon, through executive order, proclaimed one week in April as National Volunteer Week, a week to celebrate and recognize the efforts of all individuals who volunteer.  Since then, every year, each president has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week, this year falling between April 12-18, 2015.  Due to raising awareness, the number of individuals who volunteer through the United States has increased.  National Volunteer Week has also expanded into an entire month!  That’s right, April is National Volunteer Month!

 

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”  (2 Corinthians 9:7-9, ESV)

 

As Christians, we should desire to give of our selves and serve others as we are able.  We should serve because we want to, not because we must.  God can see into our hearts and see our attitude of service.  

 

Part of having a desire to serve comes from serving in a manner that we enjoy!  If you love being around children, consider volunteering for nursery duty!  Do you
enjoy showing your creative side?  Volunteer to help with decorations!  Perhaps you enjoy working with your hands - find a local Habitat for Humanity or community project near you!  There are endless options for volunteering, you just have to look for them!  You may just find something you love and share God’s love in the process!

  

This month, consider activities you enjoy doing.  Look for volunteer activities which are similar.  Then act!  Sign up to volunteer!  If you are unsure, try something new!  You never know what passion you may discover and how the Lord can work through you!

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