Big smile moments
Night to Shine is one of those nights when my worlds collide. Among the volunteers are faces I know from Alsbury, Burleson ISD, Holy Cross Christian Academy, Nazarene Christian Academy, Way FM, Burleson Police Department, Center for ASD, etc. People from all over our community come together at our church for one reason… to serve a group among us who are often forgotten, ignored, and dismissed. I see volunteers working hard with smiles on their faces because they know they are part of something amazing. Our honored guests smile from ear to ear as they walk the red carpet, hit the dance floor, sing their favorite song, and are honored as kings and queens at the end of the evening. As volunteers, we get tired, but it’s a good tired.
Alsbury does these kinds of events well. We know from experience how great it feels to make someone feel special. Whether it’s Night to Shine, The Crawfish Boil, VBS, or Trunk or Treat, Alsbury’s people step up in big ways because we anticipate those “big smile” moments.
What it’s really about
I always feel a little bummed out when the decorations come down and the anticipation is over. Why is that? Is it possible to have just as much anticipation outside of our big events? Absolutely! The anticipation isn’t really about the “big smile” moments.
- It’s about doing something important to make a difference in someone’s life.
- It’s about coming together for one common purpose.
- It’s about being a part of something bigger than ourselves.
- It’s about using what God has given us to show love to others.
Those opportunities are around us every day. We were created to serve. Don’t let the joy of service be a 2 or 3 times a year experience. Serve through the schools, your workplace, our church, and any other opportunities you may have. Look for people who need help and help them. Serve with a smile.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. –Colossians 3:13
When we take on this mindset and let it define our ethos, the regular becomes extraordinary.