How Serving Helped me Recognize what I Needed to Do Next
In 2017, I felt kind of lost after I spent several years working in what I knew I enjoyed doing, which was counseling children, teenagers and adults. Maybe I worked too much and I needed to focus on other aspects of my life. I didn’t know where God was calling me to but I knew that deep inside of me, I wanted to serve my church. So that’s what I did.
I used to volunteer at the children’s ministry at my church and from the moment I started there, I realized I really enjoyed playing with the babies at the nursery. I was not doing it to gain experience or to have someone to put on my resume. I genuinely liked doing it and I had the time for it. It was my favorite part of going to church. I would go to listen during one service and then at the other service I was volunteering with the children’s ministry. So I would spent my whole morning at the church.
Eventually, one day I met the person who is in charge of a Christian university at the volunteer’s lounge room. We were both getting some refreshments and he seemed impressed at my educational and cultural background. So within minutes, I decided to say yes to volunteering for one of his projects for the university. And after a month, I was hired to work for them. I started with a part-time job position that later transitioned into a full-time position where I carried many hats, some of them involved student services, many administrative projects, video editing projects, facilitation of a cohort, curriculum development and a translation project.
In the middle of the different hats I got a chance to carry, I recall that my therapeutic skills were always there. I was very compassionate, thoughtful, encouraging and methodical. I got to show up in the lives of my team members at work, while I volunteered for my church and also when spending time with my family. I didn’t have to work as a therapist in order to feel good about myself. I had to learn this.
Sometimes, when you focus less on you and more on serving others, the answer to those past unanswered questions can be answered.
That’s what happened to me. In the middle of working in the field of Christian education, I got to learn that…