|Borrowed from a friend's Instagram. |
This is Mpolweni Kingdom Hall, before and after.
I have had the privilege of helping on this hall
for the last 2 months
27 August 2014
Why I volunteer
I recently walked into a store at the end of a day, wearing a paint splattered t-shirt, dirty cargo pants and gumboots, my hair in a messy bun, and probably dirt streaked across my face.
I was minding my own business and getting what needed to be got, when a 40 something year old, happy and very round man walked up to me, staring me up and down. I laughed, most people ask about my bright purple gum boots, and I presumed that was what he was about to ask about.
Lo and behold, I was all wrong! He looked me up and down and asked "Are you an engineer?", I was pretty stunned and a little flattered that someone would think I am as qualified and advanced as an engineer! However I am not, and I answered this man by saying "No, I am a construction worker, I volunteer on building places of worship."
To which the happy man was suddenly the shocked one, "Volunteer? Why would anyone volunteer on a building site? Do you mean you actually work on a building for free?" the stunned man asked.
"Yes" I plainly stated, "I enjoy it, and I believe I am serving my spiritual brothers and sisters and my great God Jehovah by doing this."
The poor confused man just walked away shaking his head and repeating "Volunteer, she is a volunteer! Volunteer?" in different tones and levels of shock.
However this conversation led to me thinking a bit about that very question, why do I volunteer when there are literally hundreds of other things I could be doing? A friend recently said to me that my "business could be quite lucrative", so why dont I just "work more days, allow more work and money to come in"?
The truth be told, I have thought of those questions, often. But the answer always returns as the same, because I am happier this way.
The bible says at Acts 20:35 that there is "more happiness in giving than there is in receiving" and the truth is that I have felt and seen that.
Nothing compares to the joy of seeing a person realize for the first time that God actually has a personal name, and his name is not "Lord" or Jesus (Jesus is vitally important to salvation, but he is the son of God, not God), or to see a person finally click that all the wickedness in the world is not God's fault.
The energizing effect I get from volunteering to build places of worship, being a part of a worldwide brotherhood. People of all nations, languages and races working together, not for profit, but for the same reason I am - to serve God and to serve our "neighbour".
Crying tears of joy with people who are instantly my friends although I had never met them before, because they are now receiving an honorable place of worship which they may have been waiting for perhaps as long as 10 years.
Absolutely no secular work in this world can even begin to compare to the benefits from that.
So yeah, sometimes I may be messy and tired, exhausted and broke, but one thing's for sure, I am happy.
And genuine happiness is something many billionaires cannot even attain.
I have met the most incredible people through my volunteering, I have been to places I never knew existed, and I have the honor of knowing that I am making my great God Jehovah happy. Nothing can or ever will beat that.