Never make a decision at the point of decision. Good advice for someone on a diet who should choose his/her lunch menu the night before rather than in the noon lunch line at the all you can eat buffet. At times emergency decisions are necessary but in a majority of cases, preplanning, thinking and prayer will lead to productive decision making.
Serving those in need, volunteering, or changing a life will depend on a decision you make often long before deciding to jump into serving others.
The desire to help another human being begins with a thought. “I could”, “I should”, “I am called” to help someone in crisis or in need of wisdom. That thought will lead to a decision that leads to another thought, “I won’t,” “maybe later,” “when I have more time,” or “I will.” My experience is that many believe they are “not qualified” to be a support, mentor or helping friend and choose to not get involved. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Believers in a powerful God have all his resources to be His representative in helping. The key is a desire to be used as a tool in God’s hand, to make a decision to be available when the call comes.
My wife and I made a decision many years ago that if God put a project or person on our doorstep, we would open the door and try and meet the need. Our mentors in our early walk with the Lord all said that three things will happen: you will be given God’s wisdom to deal with the problem, you will actually bring benefit, and you will enjoy the reward of God’s blessing.
We know this wisdom to be true. As mentors to younger couples and singles, providers of pre-marriage and marriage counsel, we have found that the Holy Spirit gave us insight and expanded our time to be His servant. Jeanne also volunteers at a crisis pregnancy center and I serve as spiritual director for Congregations for the Homeless. We don’t look for things to do, God brings opportunity to us and he will for others who decide to become involved on His team of volunteers.
Why not tell God that you would like to be put on the front lines with an opportunity to change a life. Make the decision now, not at the point of decision. You will be blessed.