What qualifications does a person need to serve? Do you need a college degree? Do you need to be at least 18? Do you need to have a clean record? Do you need to be married? There has to be some qualifications right? There is only one qualification needed to serve, you must have a willing heart.
When I went through Confirmation in Jr. High, one of the requirements for graduation was to do a service project. I didn’t really want to serve anywhere let alone commit to serving by signing up. I thought that was crazy, but I wanted to graduate and in order to graduate I needed to serve. It would have been pretty bad if I would have failed confirmation so I signed up to serve at the local food shelf. The reasons I signed up to help at the food shelf was less than noble. I signed up to help at the food shelf because it required the least amount of commitment. It was close to my house which meant I could get in, get it done, and check the box on my confirmation commitment which put me that much closer to completion. In my mind, it was a win-win solution to stupid requirement.
A team of five from Freshwater had gathered at the St. Boni campus to go paint the dingy, tattered walls in a ministry center for the homeless. The walls were well overdue for a fresh coat of paint and filler to cover up the scuffs and holes from years of use. Every room and hallway looked dirty and un-kept and our goal was to change that.
We were waiting for one more person to arrive before heading downtown to our destination to serve. The person we were waiting for arrived with her boyfriend. She was ready to serve and he planned on just dropping her off then going about his business. Before she could close the door on the car someone on our team extended him an invitation to come along. He didn’t seem too excited about it, so another person chimed in reiterating the invitation. Reluctantly, he pulled into a parking space and got out of his car. Then his girlfriend leaned into him a little more in a way that only she could do. Eventually he caved and agreed to join us.