Written By: Kerrington Sweeney
Have you ever felt shame in passing ‘the clipboard’?
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” -Galatians 6:9
There I was one Sunday morning, sitting in church when…the clipboard was being passed around for volunteers. I dreaded the moments before it was passed to me. I took it quickly into my hands and looked at list. To be honest, in that moment I just wanted to cry. A veil of guilt draped over my weary heart.
“If I don’t sign up, what will people think?” This worry tossed around in my mind, as I tried to figure out a way to fit this event of volunteering into my already ridiculously jam-packed schedule.
Time after time, that dark veil of guilt had won. For years upon years I would run myself dry, volunteering and serving in every area I possibly could handle. I was coming into a season of absolute physical burn out.
All I could do was sit and cry. It was then that I had the new realization that –It’s okay, to pass the clipboard.
No longer, was I going to allow guilt to rule over my life and my emotions.
No longer, was I going to be a slave to the pressures and expectations that I had firmly placed upon myself.
No longer, was I going to feel guilty when my name wasn’t signed up for every volunteer area in the church.
Sweet Sisters, are you drowning in church schedules like I once was? Are you juggling your time, and compromising what truly matters? Remember, even Jesus passed on things to make time for Himself and the Father.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Simon and his companions went to look for him, and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” Mark 1:35-38
I encourage you today to just stop. Look at the areas you love serving in and do just that and the next time the clipboards get passed to you…Pause. Pray and if needed, never be ashamed or afraid to simply pass it along. It’s okay!
Until Next Time,