Extra Is Not Excess…


Every other day, people are out there looking for work, something to do. Be it a job or merely an internship one is looking for. One is faced with enough “Currently we aren’t employing / We have frozen employment for the next / we aren’t taking any interns ….” and the like… This translates to mean, we have enough hands to work here. Could it be there is no work? The former sounds more like it. In these cases, it is mostly the case because of the cost implication of the extra hands which could also be termed as ‘excess hands’ in employment circles where minimal workforce is the aim….

There is however another form of work, finding something to do ….it doesn’t add that pair of shoes to the shoe wardrobe though, since there is no monetary gain from it….It refers to offering those extra hands for goodwill…doing charity/voluntary work. The gain from it is satisfaction of being of and at service. Offering your time and skill to assist where need be.

It was in the afternoon after having spent all morning doing some cleaning that I decide to go to Church and offer some help given the situation there- funeral arrangement meetings for our dear Pastor Simon’s wife, Joy, quite a lot to be done in cleaning utensils, cooking and serving. So, I went to Church right to the Church kitchen and surely they needed extra hand. I was so welcome there, I didn’t even get to have time like to sit down…within split seconds, I had already been designated what to do but before that looking around, at the sink there was a hip of dirty utensils that were being cleaned by this lady, I first went there to assist her so that we clear washing firs….she excused herself there is somewhere she had to rush to, so there I was doing the dishes….I was later to assist in making tea-lots of it for hundreds of people…taking it to the serving points at the time set for that and later serving the congregants after service at the serving point I was assigned….It was a really busy afternoon and evening…right now as I do this I’m just so tired having gotten home some minutes to 22hrs…

What I’ve learnt from my afternoon experience volunteering in those activities is that, when it comes to voluntary work, extra hands aren’t excess hands. They are so much needed…. The more the better….surely ‘Extra is not Excess’


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Koos Faro
    Mar 12, 2011 @ 13:33:27

    What an instructive story about your work in church. Even if you are so tired you can still write a complete story! Yes, extra is not excess. Thank God it’s never enough or too much, in order to help others. You will be blessed, and you’ll be blessed for!


    • FlicShis
      Mar 14, 2011 @ 14:20:35

      Commitment to postaday2011…I have to post daily…Thanks to God so far I’ve made it to do so….and I wanna keep the same spirit blazing…


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