Operation Christmas Child. personal
We have always wanted to do it. To fill a shoe box and bring some measure of joy to a child, somewhere in the world. We have the best intentions! Some years, we even buy the stuff. Despite all our intentions, we have never sent a shoe box. Until this year. But this year, this year, we finally followed through. And I was so blessed by it.
A group from our church decided to volunteer at the OCC processing center here in Charlotte and I jumped at the opertunity. Apparently, it is really difficult to ‘get in’ to help, there are so many people who volunteer. I was not sure how it was going to go… I only knew two or three people from our group and the rest of our group were mainly youth groupers. In the end, I had an amazing time.
It wasn’t because I knew everyone I was working with. It wasn’t because it was THE most fun I’ve ever had. It wasn’t because I was comfortable in the situation. It wasn’t because of anything I thought it would be. It was amazing because I was a very small part of something huge. Something that glorified the Lord and spread the good news of salvation to the nations. I loved it because I was serving.
I was coming alongside hundreds of people from all over the nation and world to serve a purpose bigger than any of us. I was reaching out to children everywhere, even though all I did was pass inspected shoe boxes to a couple of guys to fit into a box.
That’s all I did. But it was so much more. In those short four hours of volunteering, I realized a few things about myself.
- I love serving.
- I love working with my hands AND my heart.
- I love being a small part of something big.
- I love meeting new people and having our Savior in common.
- I want to be a bigger part of OCC.
These realizations could mean nothing. I could decide to overlook them, forget about them, or even discard them. It’s up to me. And I’m choosing to act. I feel a call to act. I’m not sure where this road will lead me but I am so excited to learn things about myself and act on the things I learn. I’m excited to see where God will take me, what he has for me.