The last few weeks I have been learning about the generosity and commitment that is the foundation of the village of Keene. Two nights in a row I attended meetings to plan for community events. Altogether, I met nearly twenty people giving of their time, energy and skill to make Keene a better place. Before we moved, my daughter had told me about all the wonderful family events in Keene. Of course, these events don’t just happen. Always, a crew of dedicated volunteers are working behind the scene for any community event.
Knowing and experiencing are two different things. These Keene volunteers were enjoying their work. Each one reported in with work accomplished or started. There were no complaints, weary groans or embarrassing silences as jobs were mentioned. I came home from those meetings grateful for the opportunity to participate.
One of those meetings involved our Keene United Church. Members are planning a variety night fundraiser for improvements to the local school playground. The chair said, “If we sell our 200 tickets at $10 each we’ll only raise $2000. They need $8000 to complete the project. What else can we do to raise the entire $8000?” Ideas surfaced. The choice was made.
These two committees illustrate an important principle in volunteering. Practice joyful giving, joyful commitment. If you’re serving on a committee let go of your fear of not enough time or enough energy. Climb on board with joy and laughter. Give God thanks for the opportunity to serve.
Operate from God’s principle of abundance.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)