Sometimes you volunteer to help out when it is convenient for you. Like when our church housed Hurricane Katrina victims for about a week. Someone serving genuinely does it without complaining and without expecting any glory or recognition. The hardest act of service to complete is when it is kind of put upon you. This is when you are asked to help out when it is inconvenient for you. This may mean giving up special plans that you've had for a week or longer. This may mean saying you'll help HOPING they don't take you up on your offer. My wife and I are in this situation this weekend and we are going to bed tonight wondering how this will affect our weekend plans. In a way we are "on call."
For the short being we are being inconvenienced. In the grand scheme of things what we are doing is just peanuts. Maybe we will grow in faith this weekend, grow to appreciate each other more and treasure the family that we have, and even help out someone else in need. We are called to carry each other's burdens, hopefully without complaining. I'm not complaining right now, probably just reminding myself what I'm on this earth for.