Spiritual communities grow and remain healthy when there are opportunities to participate through volunteering. This is not just because the spiritual community has a particular need, but because this volunteer service is an opportunity for each of us to grow spiritually through giving of our time and talents. When we volunteer here at Unity of Santa Rosa we can transform our volunteer opportunity into sacred service.
The perception is there seems to be enough people doing things, so they don’t need me. However, the reality is, there are never enough people volunteering. And this has nothing to do with numbers. What it does have to do with is individual spiritual growth. The reason being, volunteering is another way of worshiping. Volunteering is another way to demonstrate your commitment to doing God’s work. How is this so? Well volunteering is serving, and service is yet another way of connecting your spirit with the Spirit that God is. It is another way to create a perfect union with your higher self, that which we call God or the Christ. That is why there are never enough people volunteering, because there is always an opportunity for someone else to add another dimension to his/her spiritual growth through service.
Another way to view becoming a volunteer in sacred service is to see it as a powerful opportunity for transformation to be experienced. That can’t happen if we simply go about our lives without expressing our true selves. All the great spiritual teachers have observed that there is another authentic aspect to each individual. You can think of it as your true self or your true nature. However you see your true self, you know at the deepest level, that that is what you share with others. That’s what volunteering actually is – it is sharing your self with others in such a way that serves you and them. It is win-win.
So, the opportunity for you to serve Spirit by serving others is here and waiting patiently for you to take your rightful place with others. Remember, there is always room for you to join those who are already volunteering as an additional way of experiencing God. Make a commitment today. We look forward to having you become a part of our volunteer ministry.
Contributed by one of our regular and beloved speakers, Richard Southern, Ph.D.