Kids say the darndest things!

“It’s not fun to be a servant to other people, but’s fun to be a servant to God”

As an Education major I spend a lot of time with kids.  I babysit whenever I have free time, I work with them at my church, and this past summer I worked with preschool students as a Park & Recreation leader.  I also love to laugh, and there is lots of laughter to be had when I spend time with these children.  Kids say an endless amount of funny things, and I’m sure most of you have experienced that.

The quote above is something I overheard recently from a little girl. It was her response to a story in which people weren’t appreciative of something that was done for them.  I tend to agree with her and think many of us would, because it isn’t always fun to serve people who don’t appreciate it, but God calls us to do his work anyway.  It doesn’t matter if we get praise from people on earth, because God blesses us richly when we glorify Him through our service.

Deuteronomy 10:12 says, “What does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.”

You might feel like you get lectured enough about finding opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, but I’m going to chime in and tell you that it really is so important.  It took me a while to realize that.  You have so many chances to go out and serve—look around, seek out places that need your help.

Although this little girl may not think so, I believe it can be fun to serve others.  This is true, especially on PLIA.  Last year was my first time on PLIA, and I loved it!  It is such a fun time to get to know new people, travel somewhere you haven’t been before, and serve our Lord!

Not only does God bless those who work hard and serve Him, but He has given us gifts that we are supposed to use.  Romans 12:6-7 says, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us… if it is serving, then serve.”  On this same topic 1 Peter 4:10 states, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”

Take time to love others, serve others, and you will be blessed.

Rachel Mulder, Columnist

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