There are some Sunday’s when you just don’t feel like serving. You don’t feel like investing the time and energy that comes through serving in the local church.
I get it.
We get it.
Those days will come, and honestly, we feel them too. There’s a natural pull in all of us to think that this time won’t matter, this doesn’t really make a difference, or this isn’t worth it.
When those days come, let us remember the encouraging words of Paul to us.
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.” (Galatians 6:9)
Every time you serve, we ask that you give it your best! To help us remember, we created an acronym.
B – breathe.
A breath is simply an intentional pause to inhale to take in the moment around us. We can easily become so distracted by the chores of serving that we miss out on the joys of serving.
Breathing is kind of like resetting the clock. It’s redirecting our mind and thoughts to why we serve. We’re doing it for Christ. It’s to honor and glorify Him!
E – eye contact.
We could put out door stops to hold the door open for people. We could put up signs that say, “Welcome!” We could even put out coffee and donuts with a sign that says, “Help Yourself!”
But that’s not the point.
We don’t want to just serve people, we want to engage people. We want to make eye contact with people, learn their names, and let them know that we really care. Wherever you’re serving, make it a point to make eye contact.
S – smile.
It’s been proven. Smiles are contagious.
There are people who will walk through our church doors for the first time, and on the inside they are hurting, broken, and hoping that someone will take notice. A simple smile may be exactly what they need.
Not only does a smile benefit those around you, there is a personal benefit as well. When you smile your posture improves, your attitude improves, and the overall presence around you improves.
Give it a try. Start smiling this week!
T – talk.
You can breathe, make eye contact, and smile at people and that would be pretty engaging in and of itself.
But as a volunteer, we’re asking you to go the extra mile and talk to people. Engage in a simple conversation. If you meet someone new, don’t leave them on their own to find their way to their seat. Help them along the way.
Walk with them and talk with them, and most importantly, introduce them to someone else! The more connections a person can have, the more comfortable they will feel and receptive to hear what is taught on that particular Sunday.