The heart represents the center of all your motivations, desires, interests, and inclinations. Your heart determines why you say the things you do. Why you feel the way you do. And why you act the way you do.
Rick Warren puts it well in The Purpose Driven® Life: Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat, just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voice prints…. It’s amazing that, out of all the billions of people who have ever lived, no one has had a heartbeat exactly like yours.
Rick Warren also talks about passion in The Purpose Driven® Life: Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects you feel passionate about and others you couldn’t care less about. Some experiences turn you on and capture your attention while others turn you off or bore you to tears. Theses reveal the nature of your heart.
What I want to talk about is your heart that relates to volunteer staff. How do you find our what a volunteer’s heart is all about? This information will give you what they are passion about. First who are the people you most want to help is it men or women, single or married, young or elderly. Are they poor, or in prison, hospitalized, or homeless, empty nesters, divorced or disabled.
As you can see there, are a vast areas in which you may want to serve. Second, what issues or causes you are passionate about. Is it poverty, finances, family, environment addictions, at-risk children. There are many causes that out there. What are you talking more about to your friends and family that keeps you awake at night.
When it is all said and done you need to ask yourself three questions:
What cause or issue makes my heart race?
Where could I make the greatest impact for God?
If time wasn’t an issue, to what cause would I donate myself?