Freshman First 40 — Day 22
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011
Mt 20:25-28, Jn 14:12, and Eph 2:10
As children of God we have been given a precious gift—an ability to give, love, empower, and encourage- through serving others. One of the most inspiring aspects of Belmont’s community is the service-minded approach that students, leadership, faculty and staff have adopted. While service regularly happens on Saturdays as we reach out to the communities around us in need, service is also a daily act. Those seemingly small acts define, and shape who we are as students and as a university. By serving we make ourselves less, and others more, just as Jesus did by dying on the cross and giving his life as a ransom for all.
Jesus is the perfect picture of what servant leadership should be—humbling ourselves, serving those around us so that they may become a new creation in Christ. As you step out into this new season of life, I encourage you to do so with an open mind and an open heart—ready, willing and waiting every opportunity to impact the Kingdom. A dear friend once told me that my duty as a Christian is to bring the Kingdom to earth so that all may experience it now. By serving one another we have the unique opportunity, through Christ, to bring his love, joy, peace and grace to those around us.
Service shouldn’t simply be a piece of our lives, but rather it should define who we are informing each move we make.
I challenge you to do that which Christ did for us all—to find a way to serve, to make yourself less so that our Father in Heaven may become greater in your own life. Not only will you be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams, but you will also have a lasting impact on the lives of those around you each day.
Class of 2012, Accounting