Sunday, March 15, 2015
I am changed...
For the last few months I've thrown myself into something new. I have started volunteering every Sunday morning as a small group leader at Ginghamsburg Church. (Think Sunday school teacher, but modern...) Anyways, I volunteer in the first grade room with all sorts of fresh faces and young minds that are like little sponges.
Now, I won't lie, I only volunteered to do this because I was hoping I could give up one hour a week, and that would be what got me into Heaven. I mean seriously, what else could make God happier than me volunteering with His youngest fans?!
I pictured me standing at the pearly gates talking to God and it going something like this: "Yo God, what's up?! I know I sinned a few times in the years I was down there on earth. As you probably know, I got that speeding ticket in a school zone last year, I lost my patience with a slow driver and kinda sorta yelled obscenities at her several days ago, and I lost my cool with my dog today, but you know what?! I volunteer for one hour every Sunday with 15 little 7 year-old kids, and THAT should guarantee me a place in Heaven!"
As sure as the sky is blue, I know God is still laughing at me and my stupid thought process....
Anyways, I want you to know I volunteered in this place for 1 day and realized two things. If I was going to do this correctly, I had to devote more than one hour a week to this cause. I also realized I was in WAY over my head! It was so overwhelming at first. There were children running everywhere, I had no idea what a "zone buck" was, and the worst part? There was DANCING involved! Yes, dancing.... If you know me, you know I don't dance, but you only know that because you have NEVER seen me dance! (Well, most of you haven't, and for those of you that have seen me dance, well that was from a life a long time ago. Let's just keep that on the down low...) I was so out of my comfort zone, even worse than that time I volunteered to work in the coffee shop at church and nearly steamed my eyebrows off with the espresso machine, that I wanted to quit.
BUT, I didn't.... I just kept hearing this voice in the back of my head telling me to keep going back.
And guess what?! Those little monsters woo'd me with their smiling faces and adolescent cuteness, and you know what? My life has been changed because of those kids!
This experience has allowed me to meet some awesome new people, has held me accountable in terms of going to church, has forced me to delve deeper into my Bible so I can answer all the tough questions that cross a 7 yr-old's mind, has allowed me to lovingly tie 400 pairs of shoes, and has taught me to dance. (It's church folks, my new friends can't judge my dance skills, it isn't allowed!)
And the pay for this volunteer position?! It's AMAZING! That's evident in the hugs, thank-you's, and refrigerator art I get every week..... I am one grateful girl right here!