So many of us who volunteer, do so for multiple organizations and/or we wear many hats within one place. My mother always said, “If you want something done, ask a busy person.” It’s also been my experience in every company or cause for which I’ve given my time that when they need to find someone to fill a role, the first names mentioned are those who are already sharing the load.
All of this can lead to burnout. Most of the situations where I’ve volunteered my time and talents, there is a core group who does the same, and among that core, too many of the conversations focus on the stress, the fatigue, and the conflict that the givers feel, not just because of what they are committed to at that particular place, but also around the other commitments that they have in their lives. In addition to the work they are doing for one cause, they are worrying about what they’re not doing with their families, their workplace or their other causes, while they’re engaged with the one.
So many of us are trying to do the right thing. So many of us are trying to do what we think God wants us to do. There was a popular saying a few years ago – WWJD. What would Jesus do? That’s a great question. Jesus would probably do many of the same things we do as volunteers, but, and this is key, BUT Jesus would, and did do good works, and then what did he do? Did he plow head-first right into the next good deed? NO. Look in Scripture. Time after time after He miraculously healed someone, or fed a multitude, or stopped a mob from hurting someone, He went off and prayed.
When was the last time we all did that?