Freshman First 40 — Day 18
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
Mt 16:13-16, Eph 6:7-8 and Mk 10:45
The beginning of college will bring more new experiences, opportunities and choices than perhaps at any other time in your life. Those opportunities and choices will be both good and bad. Many a college freshman has discovered that his or her newfound freedom has led to ill-advised decisions that have impacted his or her life for years to come.
One great way to avoid the negative distractions is to become involved in activities outside the classroom. As a basketball coach, I have found that our team performs better in the classroom and that we have less off the court problems during the season than in the offseason. The old English saying, “idle time is the Devil’s workshop,” too often proves true. At Belmont, there is a lot to do. Regardless of whether you are a musician or an athlete, whether you work part-time or are a full-time student, service to others is in my opinion the best way to spend any extra time on your hands.
As Christians, many of us find too many reasons and come up with some great excuses to live our own comfortable life and avoid the “inconvenience” of helping those who are less fortunate. Ephesians 6:7-8 says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”
There are many ways to serve. Many give money to their church, a cause or a charity that is close to their heart. Others give something even more valuable, their time and lend a hand to those in need in whatever way they can be of assistance. We have seen this recently with natural disasters like the Nashville flood, Katrina, or the Alabama tornadoes this past May.
But perhaps the most effective way to serve is to live your life as the salt and light of the world that Jesus speaks about in Matthew 5:13-16. In verse 16, Jesus says, “…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Throughout your collegiate days, you can lead a Christian life characterized by integrity, humility, honesty, love for others, and compassion for those less fortunate. By doing so, you will daily serve all those around you, and more importantly, our God.
“ For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45)