Serving your community is serving the Lord. It not only strengthens the ties within the community but also strengthens the faith of the individual. Christ and the kind Samaritan taught us to be kind and offer help to our fellow man, no matter who they are.
However, our Christian faith teaches us something else too – temperance. Many people become overzealous with their volunteering and even prideful. People who volunteer so that they would be able to say they volunteered are simply virtue signaling, and that’s not what volunteering is all about. Volunteering is not about making yourself feel good about it, and bettering yourself, but making the life of the one we’re helping better and making them feel good.
Another thing to remember when volunteering in your community is that you’re not out to change the world. What you’re doing during your service is not going to have a huge impact on your country, your state or even your town, but this shouldn’t bring your down or dissuade you from serving. Your goal isn’t to help change the world, but help those in this world feel a little bit more comfortable living in it.
But, before you start your service, you must determine what are your strengths and weaknesses. Volunteering may not be a job proper, but you will need to have some applicable skills to be useful, otherwise, you’ll just be in the way. On the other hand, these “skill requirements” are a very broad term, so don’t feel discouraged if someone seems more capable than you. There is always something you could do to help, and, if you’re devoted enough to the service, you will find something you can do, if not better than others, then on a par with them. Even the smallest acts of kindness echo in the hearts of those the act was performed on.
Finally, let’s say that service is not simply something you do on Saturdays, but a way of life. Not in the literal sense, of course, but in the sense that you’re always trying your best to serve. Taking out the trash, washing the dishes, helping an elderly person cross the street – this can all be considered an act of kindness, and a form of service. Soon, service will come naturally to you, and you’ll be able to find your way around the toughest volunteering jobs with ease.
All in all, these are the most important few things to remember if you wish to serve your community. Everyone can help, and everyone has worth, and it’s their job to find out how can they give back to their community to the best of their ability.