Wednesdays Have Been Challenging

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Ever make a commitment to volunteer, and do a pretty decent job at fulfilling your promise to yourself and to the others?

Ever stumble and fall, and wonder if you’ll be able to recover?

What do you do? Give up? Keep on keepin’ on?

Tonight will be the first time in weeks I’ve been able to attend Catechism. Traveling as a professional speaker sometimes inhibits the ability to live up to that volunteer commitment – to the teacher and to the children.

There are many lessons to be learned here.

By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff, don’t be too hard on yourself. Consider how few people step up and volunteer in the first place. Then consider what keeps you from fulfilling your committment….it isn’t because you don’t want to do it.

    I am also guilty of not being able to say no when it comes to volunteering. We want to help and then we get frustrated, angry, disappointed in ourselves when we aren’t excellent.

    As of two weeks ago I am no longer in a key position of any volunteer organization. I have been in at least one position for the last 14 years. I have to admit I feel a sense of relief….until the next opportunity comes along that is!

    1. Skip, thank you for your encouragement. Your 14 years as a key leader speaks volumes. What motivated you? What motivates any of us? And how do the motivated ones overcomes the obstacles? I believe everyone has a desire to volunteer, yet only a much smaller percentage actually make it happen – for a lifetime.

  2. Jeff,

    You can’t be everywhere at all times with the ability to do all things…that would make you God. 🙂

    I am reminded from your words above about an older song from DC Talk that says:

    What if I stumble, what if I fall?
    What if I lose my step and I make fools of us all?
    Will the love continue when my walk becomes a crawl?
    What if I stumble, and what if I fall?

    Thankfully, God is there to pick us up if and when we do.


  3. Bob, love that song. Both you and Skip are kind to offer your support and encouragement. I guess the hidden question remains, “Will I give up or continue as best I can?”

    I picture the future, the children are older (teenagers) and our son is there, and I have more “free time” to be an influential role model at a time when these teenagers need adults to help them believe that smart, Godly choices are possible in a sinner’s world.

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