Three Benefits of Volunteering (Or, Three Reasons to Fight Your Own Apathy)

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Full disclosure: When I began working on The You Are Project with Catherine, I wasn’t exactly into the idea of “volunteering”. I wasn’t very cause-oriented either. I just wanted to start a magazine—Catherine brought all of our service stuff to the table.

All that to say that I can completely identify with the apathy that many of us struggle with when it comes to helping others. Our project is purposed for the well-rounded woman who cares about fashion, beauty, and creativity as well as the world around her. But the truth is that this well-rounded woman is the natural state of—well, nobody.

Remaining sensitive to the world’s need requires constant renewal. It requires going to God each morning and asking to see the people and problems around us through the lens of His love.

Remaining sensitive to the world’s need requires constant renewal. It requires going to God each morning and asking to see the people and problems around us through the lens of His love. This is challenging, but there are so many reasons why it’s worthwhile.

Here are three of those reasons:

1) You will find a more fulfilling use of your talents and passion.
True fulfillment comes from God, and if you give Him your skills, He will give you a new way to use them for Him. I love business, writing, and designing web ventures. God took these desires and gave me an outlet for them that He is using for His glory.

2) You will experience an amazing lightness and freedom in serving others.
Focusing on yourself is draining. When I am serving, I find that my mind clears up because I’m no longer focused on my own problems. There is truly an amazing gift that comes from helping others.

3) You will become a vessel of God’s love.
We can’t love on our own, but because of God’s grace He allows us to carry His love inside of us. In doing so, we will reap the added benefit of being better able to comprehend His love for us. Love is the greatest gift, and the highest calling.

What about you?

What have you learned about volunteering and loving others? How do you stay sensitive to the needs of those around you? Share your thoughts and inspiring stories in the comments below!

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Lauren D'Alessandro
As the founder of The You Are Project’s print magazine and blog, Lauren is passionate about developing publications that inspire creativity and action. Lauren is the Editor-in-Chief of You Are REAL and the creator and manager of our website. Her dream is to continue using writing and publications as tools for communicating God’s love to the world. Keep up with her latest endeavors at laurendalessandro.com.