This one is for guys too.

Waking up at 5am is a sacrifice. Unless you’re a morning person, which in that case get some help. Waking up at 5am to start construction as a volunteer is a bigger sacrifice. There doesn’t seem to be a financial benefit, nor is there much a reward for you personally. This is how we think now days. We say in our hearts “If there is no reward for myself, why do it?” We have become programmed to see a price tag on any type of work we do, because sacrifice and suffering in our minds results in making money. But is that how the world really works?

Do hours of a mother’s labor to raise her child result in a paycheck? It doesn’t. But her reward is in her child. She can see the future in her baby, knowing that children are exactly that — our future. Just like a mother raising her child, Crown Valley is investing in a future generation of kids who need to know the Gospel and carry it on in years to come when we are no longer here to do so.

But how are we to do this, when there is so great a harvest but not enough workers? We have mostly women workers at CVYR, and why is that when there are capable men to help? Is it because men are programmed to bring in funds? In the secular world, work is valuable because of money. In the ministry world, work is valuable because it means saving souls. And didn’t God promise to take care of His flock? He did. And He is faithful to His children.

So when you think about volunteering at Crown Valley, even if you have to make sacrifices like waking up at 5am, picking up less shifts at work so you can be here, changing life plans because God has called you to further His kingdom, do it. This may seem like something out of reach that will take a leap of faith, or simply a little un-traditional. But God is very good at making you step out of your comfort zone. If he wanted us to be focused on money, safety, and tradition then he would have been a little more lenient to the Pharisees. Have faith, and keep pressing on towards to prize.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
‘Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.’”

Luke 12:27-33
Lacey Patrick

Lacey Patrick

Lacey is CVYR's Media Specialist and California Connections Coordinator. She has a passion for youth ministry, with a focus on young women and the challenges they face. You will often find life lessons and examples of God's unfailing grace in her writing.