What I Get Out of A Day of Hope

November 9, 2010

(adapted from section 6 of chapter 1 of A Day of Hope)

I could write for so long about all the things that I get out of A Day of Hope.  If you lead a project in your community to help people in need you’ll get many things too.  I don’t think I’ve ever made a dime from doing A Day of Hope.  You could say that A Day of Hope has an affect on my bank account, but it is a negative effect.  All the rewards have been feelings.  If I were to make a list of all the things I get out of A Day of Hope, this would be it.

  • I meet amazing people.  My work with A Day of Hope allows me to meet people from different cultures, walks of life, attitudes, and worlds. I also met a beautiful red head who later became my girlfriend because of A Day of Hope!
  • I learn amazing things.  The most profound thing I have learned from A Day of Hope I learned without realizing it—leadership.  I have learned what it means to be a leader who has integrity and passion and take a group of people to do great work in our community.
  • I found my passions.  I discovered that I’m passionate about leading and teaching people.
  • I help others reach their potential.  I have found that through my example, I teach others what it means to lead and how to treat others with respect.  It took me five years to realize I have been teaching and helping others grow personally.
  • I have grown in my relationship with my baby sister.  Doing A Day of Hope creates a special bond with people, and I am always glad to see by sister, Brittany, come out to help.  We are able to spend some great time together and develop our friendship at a deeper level.
  • My integrity has become stronger.  Leading a nonprofit program for five years yields many opportunities to become slightly dishonest.  So many times I have been faced with decisions where I could easily have been a little less honest or benefited myself from the work we do.  But I always do my best to take the high road and do what is right.
  • My character has become more complete.  Leading A Day of Hope has helped me become more whole and well-rounded in how I deal with people, what I say, how I conduct myself in front of people I don’t know, and to make right decisions that are for the greater good of everyone involved.
  • I have developed great habits.  As a result of A Day of Hope, I realized that I needed to start growing and exercising.  So I read books to learn how to lead people, and I began exercising to take care of my body.  Both of these have been critical for me to keep learning and growing and for my body to stay in good shape to work hard as Thanksgiving approaches and my workload increases.
  • It draws me out of my shell.  I’m naturally an introverted person, extremely introverted.  Leading A Day of Hope requires me to get out and meet new people everyday.  It requires me to learn to collaborate with other people and groups.  If it wasn’t for A Day of Hope, I probably would never have developed these skills.

You might too experience these benefits (and more) from leading a project similar to A Day of Hope.

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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