For a long time, I’ve felt too busy to do much outside of my job and my family life. But something has changed recently. It started with some low-level volunteering with Harry’s little league team: helping as the bench coach, selling concessions, tossing infield warmups.
In late spring, I thought it would be interesting to volunteer with the church AV team, so I did.
Then, during mid summer, the call went out for VBS volunteers. It was ill-timed as it was right before our move, but I got a strong sense that I was supposed to say yes. So I did, after consulting with Alissa, of course.
In the fall, another call went out for volunteers with children’s ministries. I signed up to teach Sunday School to tweens, and I love it.
I even joined the Christmas Choir.
It’s not just church, though. I joined the PTA and go to the meetings. Alissa and I are room parents for Annie’s class.
I can’t say yes to everything, but since I’ve changed my outlook from assuming that I can’t to finding a way to make something work, I have a much greater sense of being connected to the people around me.
And that is a good feeling.
What about you? Do you start with yes, or do you start with no? How do you connect with people around you?