I loved coming across this Mother Teresa quote today. I love it because I was thinking about how blessed I am to get to serve in the capacity God has called me to serve. He has stretched me! It has been uncomfortable! I have cried. Laughed. Cried some more. I have gotten frustrated. And, I wouldn’t change a thing.
I am who I am because of all the different ways I have gotten to serve. I have picked up stomped on water cups after the Marine Corps Marathon and actually loved doing it knowing that I helped a ton of runners accomplish their goal. I have served with 5 year old kids and enjoyed hearing their sweet voices recite scripture – and I have even been corrected by a pastor’s child or too. I have served behind bars and would do it all again despite the exhaustion, the tears, and the boldness I had to muster up to walk behind those scary fences every week. I have gotten to speak to military women and actually got paid for it though I would have done it for free. I have done silly skits in the name of Jesus and I even got to wear a cape as one of my characters. I have mentored a teenager and a grown woman. I have been told I have unofficially mentored a few more than that. I have gotten paid to write and I have written a ton for free with not a single person reading some of my posts or only my mom commenting on most of them. I have been the President or Director of boards and ministries and I have actually been fired from one of my positions and not asked to return after another commitment was fulfilled. I have facilitated more studies than I can remember. I have co-led a study; pulled Christmas lights off of several trees; and caught my pastor’s wife before she fell on me while we both stood foolishly on a ladder. I have taken time off and just showed up for the occasional group volunteer activity. I have volunteered in the rain. Learned to drywall. Served turkey to seniors on Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Pie to Marines overseas. Currently I can be found blogging and sharing a Tip of The Day on Periscope as The C.I.O. (Chief Inspirational Officer) of the GR8TFUL Tribe. And I will continue to do what God has called of me as I get to serve at the pleasure of my King.
I can’t say I loved every second of every volunteer moment but I am who I am because I served and I was happy to do it!!!
How have you served? Have you been happy to do it?