Independence. In many cases we view this as a positive attribute. We want children to grow up and become independent, to be able to take care of themselves and those near them. Many people wear independence as if it were a badge of honor because they have learned or been forced to take care of things themselves. Truth be told, I can relate to that one myself a bit. Seniors may fight to keep their independence as life's events change their circumstances and abilities. We are proud to be independent. Our entire country celebrated this independence on July 4th.
Independence isn't all bad but let's look at the other side of the coin. God has called us to be dependent. Dependent on Him. Dependent on others. Dependent on our church family. Crossroads is dependent on you and that's why you see so many opportunities to volunteer. God has big plans, and people are depending on all of us whether they are aware of this or not.
In an upcoming Answering The Call, I will be featuring a volunteer that serves a group of people that truly depend on him and I guarantee the impact he makes will warm your heart as you read that story.
I have heard it said that one of our greatest desires is to be needed and valued. I'm here to tell you that you are needed and valued. Someone out there is depending on someone like you, or perhaps you, to make a difference. Be independent when you can, be dependent when you should and know that it's also okay to depend on others...I think that covers the entire process!
Are you ready to volunteer? Let's chat!
Lois Flores, Volunteer Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.890.6117