My Cup Overflows… With Stuff

May 10, 2012
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I am the type of person who can't say "No." If somebody is sick or something else comes up and the person can't fulfill their volunteer position at our church, it is my name that comes to mind. If a pot of soup is needed for a luncheon, or a dessert is needed for coffee hour after the service, just call me, and I will be happy to oblige. If you need a ride to church, or a Scripture reader, or someone to assist the pastor or help serve communion, I am there to help out. It's a good thing that I am retired and am able to do these things. It seems that I am busier now than when I was working!

Don't get me wrong. I love doing these volunteer jobs, and it seems that God provides me with the energy and the strength to fulfill all of these volunteer obligations.

Sometimes, I feel that things do get out of hand, and my plate overflows! But there are just too many volunteer jobs to be filled and not enough helpers. Knowing that, I usually cave in and accept to help out.

There is a saying that God never gives us more than we can handle and that with His grace, we can overcome all obstacles. We can do nothing of ourselves, but with God, all things are possible.

1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (NASB)

The other day as I was thinking about all the various responsibilities and jobs that need to be done within a church, I wondered why it is that some people do multiple jobs while others do nothing. Is it that some people, like me, are too quick to volunteer, and others hold back? Or is it that some people wait to be asked first, while others are more forward? I imagined that if most of us did one little volunteer job, the load would be so much easier. Instead of a few volunteer jobs falling onto the plate of one or two people, these duties could be shared among more people.

May each and every one of us, as we are able, help out within our individual congregations to lighten someone else's load.

Prayer: Dear Father in heaven, thank You for granting us the energy and the strength to fulfill Your will on this earth. We ask that You would work in people's hearts to become workers for Your glory. Amen.

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