I’ve said it time and time again, “I am not going to raise my hand and volunteer to help with that project. I am not going to offer to extend my services this time. I already have too much to do!” Yet, more often than not, I still find myself volunteering to help out in some fashion. Sometimes, even when I do successfully pull back from volunteer work, I still struggle with a tendency to offer to help out in the future—in spite of the fact that I know I will be just as busy and just as in need of rest.
I admit that, some days, I do not have time to read my Bible because of a deadline related to my volunteer work. Situations like these should be unacceptable to us. Keeping a biblical perspective on life and work should direct us as we seek to prioritize our time. Every minute—every single second—counts in life, but what we choose to do should all be done to glorify God.
Without question, there are times when we should take a break from volunteer work. According to Ecclesiastes 3:12, “There is a season for everything, and a time for every event under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot what was planted.” Sometimes, we arrive at a point in life that God has appointed for us as a season of needed rest. We should not overwork ourselves when we need to pull back and regroup.
This is not to say that we should grow lax about volunteering to help others. Charles Spurgeon stated, “Serve God by doing common actions in a heavenly spirit, and then, if your daily calling only leaves you cracks and crevices of time, fill them up with holy service.” We should actively seek to volunteer to help others, but we should not do so at the expense of our work commitments, spiritual commitments, or physical and emotional health.
Finally, we should never forget that our time is limited. My dear friend, Susan Norton, decided that once God healed her of her cancer, she would visit hospitals to tell patients about the miracle God had given her through faith. God did heal her for a time, but sadly, her cancer came back, and she did not get that chance. She was cancer free for just three weeks before she died at the young age of 55. She was beautiful inside and out and will be dearly missed!
Time is precious. We have to use it wisely because we never know when it will run out. But when we do offer to help others, we should do so in a healthy manner that doesn’t leave us physically drained and helpless.
We need to teach our little ones how to use their time wisely by being a living example!