It’s one thing to say “thanks guys” or “great weekend everybody” or “hey, good job today” after a service is completed and the volunteers are shuffling out the door; but it’s another to actively reach out to them on a weekday and just call to love on ’em.
Few things make a person feel more appreciated and loved than when we pour our lives into each other. A pat on the back is nice. A compliment is great. But nothing beats someone authentically reaching out to a volunteer and honestly loving on them and pouring into their life.
If you’re a staff member or a volunteer, today’s your day to call someone and tell them how much they mean to you and how much they are appreciated. Don’t email them. Call them. Then pray with them and transparently share what God is doing in your life so that they can see your genuine Christ-like love and further the relationship.
Email is great for quick reminders or short notes, but our voice carries something that email simply cannot: emotion, tone and warmth.
Here’s what Jesus told us to do:
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34
So, today (whenever you’re reading this):
- Call at least one volunteer today. Not tomorrow. Today. Make the time.
- Be prepared to spend time talking with them, not just to them.
- That person who you know you really don’t want to call – yes, that person – call them first.
If you want, come back to this blog and post how God used your time and honest transparency to edify each other.