Volunteering can become contaminated when we expect this

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Writing five daily, differently themed blogs is volunteering. But it’s contaminated giving because I have an ulterior motive. By giving, I expect to receive. Big time.

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Note: The motive is simple. To hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.


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,

    That is the hard spot of doing anything for anybody. Society has taught us that everything is a transaction – if I do this for you, what will you do for me in return? Do we do things out of the kindness of our hearts without looking for anything in return, or do we wait and then get mad or disappointed if it didn’t come? We’ve heard people over and over say things like, “After all I’ve done for you, you would think you would at least do that for me!”

    The reason this is convicting to me, is that God dealt with me on this over Christmas within my office. Without going into the details, the bottom line is that I had to remember that giving to someone else in a serving or volunteering way doesn’t require anything on the other’s part. And not receiving from someone else isn’t personal…you give and do for others expecting nothing in return. The reward isn’t on earth, but in Heaven.

    Is that an easy concept? No, but the more you do for others, the easier you realize the rewards are intrinsic.


  2. Bob, ultimately, we give so we may hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.

    We are on our way when we can give freely with zero expectation in return.

    This may take an entire lifetime to perfect.

    Our it can be accomplished early in life and then the challenge is sustaining it and not getting distracted.

    Thanks for your transparency and authenticity. It keeps this community warm on a cold night.

  3. Jeff – I guess I had an expectation for something I shouldn’t. And I give without there being any expectation. It was a lesson I am learning daily.

    I used to consider myself someone who is very servant-minded, and I still do. It is just funny when my heart betrays that belief. All I can do is take it to God and let him have it.

  4. Bob, we are all, every last one of us, perfectly imperfect.

    Stumble seven times, get back up eight.

    Love your transparency and honesty.

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