“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”– 1 Peter 4:10
Going to Christian music concerts is a fun way for my husband and me to enjoy ourselves and renew our spirits. But living in the south suburbs usually means you have to travel an hour north or an hour south to get to a concert.
When we heard of a concert coming almost to our backyard, we were excited and bought tickets right away.
When we arrived, it was great to see that the concert organizers supported World Vision and other outreach programs as well. At the intermission, there was a plea for people to volunteer to help make it possible to bring more concerts to the area because they weren’t possible without the help of volunteers.
As I sat there, I felt a nudge to help out, but then I thought, “I don’t have time for one more thing in my life, so let somebody else do it.” After waiting until the final plea of the night and after they said I could still back out when they actually called me, I finally put my name on the volunteer list.
When the first email arrived asking me to be at the next concert, I had no hesitation in my mind that I wanted to help. The email also said they needed still more volunteers, so I asked my husband if he wanted to volunteer, too. He said, “yes” and now we work together at these concerts. We take tickets, usher, and hand out programs to support World Vision.
It’s a pretty simple way to bless others.
I’ve had a chance to talk with old and new Christians while they wait at the concerts and they are such an encouragement. Oh yes, and let me tell you that I also got to work at a Ryan Stevenson concert. Ryan wrote one of my favorite songs, “In the Eye of the Storm”.
I certainly hope that I will always think twice before I decide that I am too busy to serve others.