Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. If you have the gift of speaking, preach God’s message. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength that God supplies. Everything should be done in a way that will bring honor to God because of Jesus Christ, who is glorious and powerful forever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11 CEV)

The late Erma Bombeck wrote in an article entitled So Long Volunteers: “I had a dream the other night that every volunteer in this land had set sail for another country.  I stood smiling on the pier shouting, ‘Goodbye phone committees, no more playground duty, bake sales, or three hour meetings.’  As the boat got smaller, I reflected, ‘Serves them right, that bunch of yes people.  Who needs them?’  But the hospital was quiet as I passed.  The children’s wing has no clowns, no laughter.  The home for the aged was like a tomb.  Food grew cold on trays that would never reach the hungry.  The social agencies had closed their doors, unable to help the crippled, the alone, and the abandoned.  The schools were strangely quiet with no field trips and no volunteer classroom aides.  The flowers on church altars withered and died.  Children in nurseries lifted their arms, but there was no one to hold them and to love them.”

I am so thankful for the many people that volunteer.  Not only in those positions that Erma lists above but especially those who give of their time and talents to the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Thank you, church family, for being the eyes, hands, feet and heart of Jesus.

God has given you unique gifts.  When it comes time to volunteer, be the first one to raise your hand.  As you use your gifts to bless someone else’s life you will glorify God.