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.