Churches, nonprofits and community organizations depend almost entirely of volunteers to function. Except for a couple of staff - they are entirely volunteer organizations. And although you may have many different reasons and motivations why you volunteer or how you volunteer - there are 4 overarching benefits that you receive when you volunteer:
- You're able to draw closer to God: When you spend time volunteering to help people, you actually draw closer to him. You feel more connected to Jesus, and his teachings and the way of life that he practiced and advocated.
- You'll know you are making a difference in other people’s lives: By volunteering, you are giving people your time, a valuable asset that does not come back once you spend it. By giving freely of your time, you know that you are making a positive difference in the lives of people, often those who have no family or means of sustenance.
- You are setting a good example for your kids: When you volunteer on a regular basis, your children grow up understanding the value and importance of helping those who are not as blessed as you are. They in turn become good adults who practice Christian values and enrich the lives of those they live and interact with on a regular basis.
- You grow personally: When you volunteer, you not only enrich the lives of others but also grow personally, both spiritually and socially. You learn more about the world and its ways and you also develop self-confidence and self-esteem, characteristics that stand you in good stead no matter where you are.
This guest post was written by Adrienne Carlson, who regularly writes on the topic of online bible college