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I believe service is what will separate the wheat from the tares.  Doing a survey for my trade guild I learn that those who say they do not have time to serve complain the most.  Don’t we see the same thing in the church?  Those most critical of church leaders are those who don’t serve.

It is discouraging to see fewer and fewer youth doing service.  A friend told me in his volunteer fire department, an alarm called for 8 volunteers, but only 2 showed up.  That’s a scary thought.  A lack of commitment and service, in this case, could cost lives.

We are seeing the same thing in the Chamber of Commerce.  Members want certain benefits of membership, but unless we have people volunteering to help, it just doesn’t happen.  The benefit comes from serving each other.

Foul Mood

I guess I’m in a foul mood today.  Saturday’s 2 out of 8 people showing up on time, and then 1 considerably late for doing service has me a bit ticked.  Then, to read comments in the survey for my trade guild only makes me more angry.

You can’t have your cake and eat it too in a volunteer organization unless you get out and help.  Granted, the church really isn’t a “volunteer” organization.  Things are done by calling and assignment by those in authority.  Nonetheless, when someone accepts an assignment, they have an obligation to be there.  And, if something comes up, they have an obligation to find someone to fulfill their assignment.

Business Volunteer Organizations

Business volunteer organizations are there to help business owners help each other succeed.  Anyone who thinks they can come along for a free ride is mistaking.  It’s like our network group.  You can’t expect to show up and have referrals handed to you.  You have to work at finding referrals to hand out.  “Givers Gain” is the motto of one such referral group.

In our guild there are some young folks who whine and cry about us not having webinars.  Well, folks, who is going to produce, record and manage those webinars?  Webinars don’t just happen.

Then, they expect this stuff to be ‘free’ or cheaply priced.  Again, you can’t have ‘free’ or ‘cheap’ unless you have people volunteering to help.  Without service, everything comes with a premium price.  It’s supply and demand.  If the workers are few, the cost goes up.

Nice Break

Nice Break

I had a nice break today.  The one hymn that is really difficult to play was supposed to be our intermediate hymn today.  But, it turns out we had a special musical number so I had a nice break.

The theme was standards, and we were supposed to sing True to the Faith, but I lucked out today.  It’s all the well because I felt horrible.  I’m limping and that’s discouraging.

After church I came home and crashed.  I took a super long nap. When I woke, Jennifer and Spencer were fixing dinner, so I was able to just rest.

We had a roast in the freezer so Spencer roasted it, made some mashed potatoes, and Jennifer made a salad.  We were all set.

The sister missionaries came over for dinner.  After dinner we shared some laughs with some of my mission experiences with companions.  I will admit I had some pretty funny experiences.

Yesterday, Spencer went out and bought a couple of different types of desserts too.  So, we had cheese cake AND Boston Cream Pie.

Our refrigerator is running very full.  We need to work on consuming leftovers so we can make room.  And, we can’t freeze the stuff because the freezer is full too.