For the past few weeks when I have been volunteering it has been basically the same thing every week. I would get there; I would serve coffee or help around the kitchen by wiping the counters and doing the dishes. I would say hi to a few people and then I would go home.
This past week I tried something different. I usually volunteer on Thursday nights; this week, are you ready for it… I went on a Monday night. A group from my school gets together every Monday night to go and volunteer. So I met up with the group and we headed out. We had 6 students out and 2 faculty members. The group split into two teams. One team went upstairs to the shelter to clean while the other team worked on cooking a meal.
I was a part of the cleaning team and boy was it humbling. We went up into the rooms and at first I though hey this reminds me of a summer camp cabin. There were bunk beds and lockers. Then I remembered okay this probably isn’t fun. Full-grown adults sleep in these bunk beds because they do not have anywhere else to go. Just by having that realization it really made me so thankful for what I have.
So I have come up with a list of some of the stuff that I am thankful for:
- My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the faith and trust I have in Him
- My parents who support me and inspire me to go after my dreams
- My little sister who is also my best friend
- My Nanny who is my role-model and such a strong Godly woman to look up to
- My home
- My city and my country. I’m so blessed to live where I do
- My school. I love being able to go to a Christian university where I can learn and grow in my faith
- My roommate and best friend. I would not be able to get through school without her
- My church family & my young adults group. I have been blessed with a church family to encourage me and support me spiritually
- My mentors. They have impacted my life so much, I am who I am because they have shaped me in my spiritual life and my everyday life
There is so much more that I’m thankful for but if I was to write them all down this post would become a novel. It comes down to this; I have been given more than I ever deserved when Christ went to the cross. He gave me my life and I need to remember to thank him and be grateful every day. Not everyone has the earthly things that I have but everyone can have Jesus, and through Jesus we have everything.
As I’m taking a course on evangelism I’m learning the importance of sharing God’s love. After my time volunteering this week I’m seeing the importance more clearly than I ever have. Some people have a home to sleep in and some people sleep in a shelter, not knowing where they will be the next night, but we can all go to sleep every night knowing that Christ is our Savior.
Thanks for reading,
Thanks for reading,