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  • Writer's pictureLeAnitra Owens

Why I Volunteer and Why You Should Too

I have always had a passion for helping others. Throughout high school and college I participated in several volunteer opportunities. Of course the best ones are always when I am able to work with children. Working with children is my passion and I get excited with every new opportunity. This summer while on vacation from my career as a Head Start teacher, I was able to volunteer at my church's Vacation Bible School. It was a great experience and if felt good to help where there was a need.

Use Your Gift

God created each of us with a gift to use and glorify His name. Of course, we take those gifts and we use them to make money but we should also use our talents to give back. Deuteronomy 15:11 says that "There will always be poor people in the land." This means that there will always be someone who needs your services that may not be able to pay. As a lover of children there are many ways that we can use our gift to glorify God and help others. Children's church, vacation bible school, discounted babysitting services, and the list continues. When others see you using your gift to make money but also give back, it causes a chain reaction and they want to do the same.

There are Rewards

God rewards obedience. When you volunteer, there are benefits. You gain more experience to place on your resume and their is nothing like working for free to help increase your income. You are able to meet new people and you never know who someone is and what connections they have until you introduce yourself. God informs us that we should work as though for Him and not for man (Colossians 3:23). When we do that, we are able to work efficiently with a humble attitude. You never know who is watching and what may come out of that opportunity.

So the next time you see a volunteer opportunity come up, don't hesitate to take it. You never know where it might take you.

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