Today I have pretty much no idea what to blog about. I mean seriously, my mind is blank. Its like a black hole that is not doing its job of pulling things in. It's just an empty black cavity of space...So I asked a friend for help and ideas came flying back at me.
Anyways, at CIY this year we all got a Kingdom Worker card. These were cards that each had something on it that would be a challenge to an individual and each challenge was different. Basically the point of this was to get us, the teenagers, out into the world to do something nice for others in hopes that we would not only help God's Kingdom, but that we would also learn more about ourselves by stepping out of our comfort zones. We were told to modify what the cards asked so that we could do it in our own community.
My Kingdom worker card said this:
Work in a Homeless Shelter near where you live for at least an hour each week for 6 months.
Since my small town didn't have any nearby Homeless Shelters, I changed it to volunteering at a nursing home each week. The reason that I wanted to talk about this was because this challenge got me out into the world. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me make connections on my own. I am still in my first 6 months of volunteering at the nursing home, but the thing is I can't imagine not volunteering there after my 6 months are up. The people in that building are...There is not any words to describe them. I haven't met one person in that building who was not happy, who was not ready to make someone else happy, who didn't want to waste a second of the day by being anything but happy. And that is something amazing. To see the giant smile when you walk into a building, the vibrant faces turning just to make sure they don't miss telling you hello, it is truly astounding! The stories they have to share, the memories that are so clear to them, the little details that the can't help but tell you about, it gives you a different perspective.
Being a teen, sometimes I forget that the world doesn't revolve around well, me. But when I walk into that nursing home, suddenly, I am the last person I could ever think that the world revolves around because there are so many other who are amazing! I have never left there feeling alone, lost, sad, mad, angry, etc. I have only ever always left them feeling total joy and its a joy that you can't get from buying the best of the best or from being popular or from really anything other than doing something for someone else.
And I'm not writing this to brag about how I volunteer and how blah, blah, blah. I'm telling you this to let you know that when you step out of you comfort zone to do something for someone else, it truly does make you feel good. It does put a new perspective on the world and it's amazing!
About the Author:
I am Bridges or at least on here I am. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that what this site is about.
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