My Video Debut

Today I was one of several people featured in a short video at church. We were asked to share why we volunteer our time and talent. I volunteer my skills on the church’s website because it’s a way of giving back to God and to my church community. After church, a man I didn’t know came up to me and introduced himself. He wanted to thank me for working on the church website because that’s why he and his family were there today. Wow! It really wasn’t because of me personally, but I was glad to be a part of that. They were here from Chicago for the week because his older daughter had brain surgery last week. They wanted to attend church while they were here so they looked for churches in the area on the Internet via our church affiliation’s website. Since they were staying at a hotel nearby, they chose to attend our church. I’m glad they came. The daughter’s name is Taylor. Pray for her because she’s probably going to have to undergo more surgery to remove cysts in her brain. She’s 15 years old.

Since I was in high school I have always found a place to volunteer my time and talent wherever I attend church. In high school I served on the youth group committee. In college I taught Sunday school to fifth-graders and helped with children’s church programs. When my dad started pastoring I organized children’s Sunday school. Sometimes I would have kids from preschool to sixth grade in one class. Working with children was okay, but it certainly wasn’t my calling. I did it because there was a need and it gave me an opportunity to find out what I was good at, and that wasn’t it.

Over the years I have volunteered to teach an adult Sunday school class, do bookkeeping, data entry, administrative tasks, desktop publishing, small group facilitating, running the PowerPoint for songs/sermon notes, and now website development. That’s not bad for a gimp girl.

Please don’t think I’m trying to pat myself on the back, although that’s what it looks like. Really, it just seems natural to me to want to be a part of what’s going on behind the scenes or upfront. As members of the body of Christ we all have gifts to share with the other members. I hope you’re sharing yours.


  1. pb
    Dec 10, 2007

    Neither my husband nor I saw much church volunteering in our families, not while growing up.

    Now, though, his folks are at it all the time, and I was surprised to learn that mine are regulars in prayer groups.

    It gives me hope that maybe when I retire, I may also join the “regulars” that grease the wheels of the Lord’s vehicle here on earth.

  2. Narniaman
    Dec 11, 2007

    I’m still waiting to see the video clip of you on your website here. . . . . .

    still waiting. . . . . .

    still waiting. . . . . ..

    Think I’ll go build some snowmen. . . . .

  3. Karen of Scottsdale
    Dec 15, 2007

    Don’t hold your breath. The video will not appear.