FF40 – Day 23 on Service | From Elena Harmon

DAY 23 – SERVICE

Mark 9:35 | Romans 12:9-13 | 1 Corinthians 9:19

If I were to choose one word that summarized my freshman experience, it
would have to be intentionality. You are embarking on an exciting journey
filled with ups, downs, and absolutely everything in between. My challenge
to you is to take charge of your life and set the course! Now is the time to
explore, ask tough questions, meet people who are completely different
from you, and start figuring out who you are in the midst of the chaos. And
what I’ve found is that, quite simply, we are all children of God.

The one act that never fails to bring together people of all different races,
socioeconomic statuses, cultures, religions, and any other barrier that we
as humans may create against one another, is service. In these moments of
forgetting ourselves in order to give of ourselves, we not only grow closer to
each other, but we are given a glimpse into the Kingdom. The Bible contains
more than 300 verses on social justice, the poor, and God’s deep concern
for both. Time and time again, Jesus demands for his followers to feed the
hungry, clothe the naked, invite the stranger in, and nurse the sick (Matthew
25:35-36). We are called to “be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful
in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need… Practice hospitality”
(Romans 12:12-13). And how great is it that we get to serve a God of infinite
love and mercy? Not that we can serve, but that we get to serve!

We have each been blessed with unique gifts which can be used to serve
and glorify our Creator on a daily basis. So this is where intentionality comes
into play. Discover these gifts, recognize passions, and seek opportunities.
It’s OK to be uncomfortable; in fact, that probably means you’re doing it
right. Try sitting with someone new in the caf, striking up conversation with
the kid sitting next to you in class, or exploring some different clubs on
campus. Get outside of Belmont and volunteer with an organization that
interests you, buy The Contributor every chance you get and make sure to
talk to the guys selling them (trust me, they have some pretty neat stories),
and just get out there! This is the time to expand your horizons and serve
alongside a God whose love for you is absolutely unfailing.

Elena Harmon
Sophomore, Social Work Major

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