I do not intend to make this a “dicey” topic for my blog post and want the readers to know, I have no one in mind. But allow me to ask you a question: “What is your response when asked to volunteer for something?” I don’t know about you, but my first thought is, “Are you kidding? Me, volunteer? I’m swamped, for crying out loud!” …Sorry, I’m from Pittsburgh, that’s how we talk…and I’m German.
Since I have many years on most readers, I have likely had many more opportunities to volunteer over the years and plenty of reasons to say, “No thanks, I just don’t have the time.” During my thirties and forties, I was busy with my family, church, running, coaching recreational soccer and basketball, pursuing environmental educational interests, coaching Odyssey of the Mind teams and at serving as a principal in two Christian schools. By the way, I moved to Florida in 1993 with my wife and three kids in tow…I was 42. I was spinning like a top!
I benefited greatly from volunteer organizations over while living in Lakeland. I made a conscience decision at strategic points in my life to “give back” to those groups who benefitted me. I am not sorry I did. The experiences during “payback time” were priceless to me. (Examples: I served as president with two running clubs, I have been president and board member with the League of Environmental Educators in Florida, and today volunteer my time to bring Odyssey of the Mind (OM) to LCS. All are volunteer organizations)
The schedules I see with families today is mind boggling. There are only 1440 minutes in a day. That is the same amount of time our Savior had to be the ultimate volunteer. Think about it…
My encouragement is to look for opportunities to “give back” to organizations or individuals from who benefitted you and your children. Don’t just give money, give your time. You will find it priceless.
Side note: One of my OM coaches asked me to help her put together a team of OM kids to do the Cardboard Boat Race at Lake Hollingsworth this past Saturday…the above thought went through my mind but I could not resist the opportunity. The experience I had with the kids, parents and a grandparent was…yes…Priceless!
Mr. Fred Wiechmann serves as a Science Resource Teacher for LCS. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.