Freshman First 40 — Day 35

DAY 35
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

1 Pet 4:8-10

Recently the Lord has been teaching me a lot about service. It’s very hard to balance our time between friends, school, work, staying fit, resting, and not to mention staying in tune with the Lord’s heart and purpose for our lives. As I have already sped through my first three years of college, I have realized this is a theme that does not go away, and though we deal with it in high school, it only intensifies as we live life. Some times choosing service is more difficult than it should be when we have so many other options staring us in the face.

As a whole the Christian community tends to forget that we are stewards of God’s blessings. My car does not belong to me, and neither does my house, my MacBook, my clothes or anything else I hold dear- especially my time. God entrusts us with these things to serve him, and what we choose to do with our time may be the most important.

As Christians I believe sometimes we are called to stretch ourselves thin. Christ did. At his lowest physical point he continued to serve. He paid the ultimate price of service through death on a cross. But the beauty of this lies in the promise that if we have accepted Christ, we don’t even have to worry about death, because for those who are in Christ, we have already died to ourselves and live only for Christ. Our time is, or should be, completely his.

1 Peter 4:8-10 says this about service: “We show hospitality to one another without grudging. As everyone has received the gift, even so we minister the same one to another, as good stewards of your manifold grace.”

Here’s an example of service and stewardship: be hospitable to the other freshmen on your floor. Even though you only have a dorm room, it’s still a space the Lord has given you to use for his glory. You may not think it’s much, but to someone whose home is over 500 miles away it may mean more to them than you’ll ever know.

You never know what can happen when you allow yourself to be open to the opportunities God offers you to serve, and you’d be surprised how he blesses those who take the time to bless others.

ALYSON MCHARGUE
Class of 2012, English Writing

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