When I started working over 30 years ago (yes, I am aging myself here), my main objective was to climb the corporate ladder and make money. I know that sounds superficial but it’s true. I sported the '90's corporate suit, complete with intimidating shoulder pads. I had the engraved briefcase. I was fly! While I did make it to mid-level management and made some decent money, there was something missing.
Deep down, I wasn’t happy.
The work I was doing wasn’t really helping anyone other than the executives at the top. Suddenly, making money and having a fancy title didn’t matter much anymore. I was just going through the motions of what I thought I should be doing and chasing after things that didn't matter. I truly didn't have a purpose. But how could I find a purpose?
Life changed for me when I began to volunteer at my church. During service one Sunday, I noticed the pastor looking a bit unorganized. I'm kind of known as a super organized person in my circle of friends so I asked him if he needed some help. Wow, the look of relief on his face! Each week, I'd go to the church and help format the sermon and anything else they needed. Spending time helping others was just what I needed for my soul. 1 Peter 2:9 says:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
In this fast-paced world we live in, it’s easy to forget to tell someone you care or to lend a helping hand.
So, my challenge to you is this: take a moment and extend a helping hand. Call someone today and let them know you’re thinking of them. Visit a shut-in neighbor and see if they need an errand run. If you really want to share your talents (and we all have a gift), check out VolunteerMatch. It’s just like the name says – matching volunteers with organizations that need help. Some opportunities are even virtual.
What happened when I walked away from the corporate job? By not consuming my every waking moment with what I had and focusing and what I could do to help others, I was much happier. Yes, I had to make changes in my household in order to survive. That’s for a later post.
But for now, take the small step and share your gifts. You owe it yourself and the world.