My hubby teases me all the time about a variety of things, but he especially gives me a hard time about how much I volunteer my time and talents. Whenever I say “yes” to something where I am helping another person or group of people, he stands with his feet shoulder-width apart, puts his fisted hands on his hips with his elbows out and shouts, “TO SAY THE DAY!!” He “sings” it to the tune of Mighty Mouse’s “Here I come to save the day!”
Mighty Mouse – hehehehe – when I was young and skinny, this would have been a good knickname for me. Nowadays, though, I’d better not hear anyone using the knickname Mighty Moose, or someone’s going to be hurtin’ for certain. Just sayin’.
Over the last week, I managed to volunteer myself for such a large variety and number of things – some of them with near immediate deadlines – that I started to feel overwhelmed. When I commit to something, I truly commit to it. I get very mad at myself if I cannot follow through on that commitment.
Yesterday, was a whopper. I agreed to help a young college student and friend by reviewing a writing assignment. I agreed months ago to make curtains for a friend’s pantry, and due to uncontrollable things like a broken sewing machine, trips, family commitments, etc, it took until this week for me to really get started. My to-do list is still mostly undone, because I agreed to a little too much this week.
At church, we have our missions convention coming up, Christmas service planning, and an incredible Winter Wonderland being built and prepped for the drive-through crowd as we approach Christmas. We also have a fun Halloween alternative called Trunk or Treat in just a couple of weeks.
We need well over 100 volunteers to make all of these events successful, and I am trying not to sign up for EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. “To save the day!” I can hear my hubby now.
I have learned to say no (on occasion). As I’m sitting here blogging, I know that a crew of painters is at church trying to finish some of the sets for that Winter Wonderland I mentioned. I need to say “no” this morning. My family and other commitments have to come first.
Tomorrow, Jared Anderson, from New Life Church in Colorado, is going to bless our church with a night of worship. I have volunteer badges to make today (not a big deal, but needs attention), and there are things I need to do with my girls. So today, I choose not “to save the day.”
As a “rescuer” and someone with a servant’s heart, it’s difficult to say no when people ask for my help, but it’s even harder to ask for help when I need it. I am not alone in struggling to ask for help. For most “servants” I know, asking for help and allowing others to help them is a challenge.
I have one friend that has the most generous and capable servant’s heart of anyone I know. She is a fiercely determined, Godly woman that has more strength and character in her little finger than most people have in their entire beings. She helps others all the time. She is a doer and has a servant’s heart to the nth degree. She is always there “to save the day.”
This treasured friend is facing several months of needing a LOT of help from friends and church family. I can only imagine her internal struggle, and her need to rely on God, completely in faith, that He will provide all the assistants and assistance she will need. It’s very hard for a servant to ask for help, but we will be here for her. It’s our turn “to save the day” for her.
Really and truly, though, there is only one that can save the day. There is only one true superhero, and that superhero is Jesus. 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
Absorb that for a minute. God sent the very best He had to save us, a sinful and selfish people, from death and to give us eternal life with HIM in heaven. If that isn’t the ultimate “to save the day,” I don’t know what is.
So, let’s give our very best back, shall we? Let us, as a community – whether you believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit or not – step up and volunteer. Seek out your passion, find a friend that needs a helping hand, find an organization that could use your specific skill set and say yes. Stand up, get going and get ready “to save the day” in your own way.
James 2:14-18 (MSG)
14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
Source for all Bible verses: Biblegateway.com
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