Beyond Wishing the Needy Well


Faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 as “the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith plays a central part in my life. Faith allows me to challenge myself at work and in my personal life. It gives me the confidence to know that as long as I am breathing I have a shot.

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” Roman 8:31.

One of the inspiring traits of Volunteers of America Chesapeake is it being a church without borders. James 2 15-17 says “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”

These verses show me it is not good enough to just know someone needs help and wish them well; I must help them if able. It also shows that just having faith is not enough; I must show my faith through action as well.

I bring this approach to my work at Northern Virginia Community Living Centers (NVCLC). I am also able to practice faith through trusting my coworkers. As a clinical coordinator, I must put faith in the teams that work with each one of the individuals I serve. Having faith in my teammates not only allows me to focus on my responsibilities, but it also shows them the confidence I have in their abilities.

–Rodney Garrott, Clinical Coordinator, VOAC Northern Virginia Community Living Centers


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