Editor’s note: Looking for help as you work with volunteers? Check out CTA’s new resources for Christian workers.

Welcome to September!

Our days are once again filled to the brim, so unlike those July days when many of us head out on vacation and enjoy outdoor events and activities – as observers.

Now, we lead Bible studies, plan children’s ministry programs, schedule choir rehearsals, and organize retreats. We welcome new staff and volunteers, working hard to build relationships with them. The to-do list grows longer.

If God has blessed you with a young, growing family, your calendar is also likely stuffed full of school and sports activities, music or dance lessons, homework time, family time, and on it goes. If we’re overwhelmed, who can blame us?

Feeling exactly that way recently, I drove past a church. The sign outside said, “Don’t be overwhelmed by life. Be overwhelmed by God’s grace instead.”

Think about that. What happens when we let God’s lavish love overwhelm us? What happens when we reflect upon our many blessings and the opportunities Jesus gives us for serving him by serving those around us? What happens when we remember that the Savior who died for us has our lives fully in his care and keeping? Isaiah tells us what happens:

They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 

We can accomplish all we need to do as we wait for the Lord. He strengthens us as we bask in his love and grace. We have peace in our hurriedness and joy in our daily tasks.

Consider ways you can model God’s overwhelming grace. Give your volunteers a small gift to show them how much you appreciate their work. Send a note of encouragement to someone who may be feeling overwhelmed.

Blessings to you as you serve – overwhelmed by his grace!

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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