This past weekend I was able to embark on another adventure for the Nyack admissions team. I was serving along with our group of ten students to help at Lake Champion. Lake Champion is a camp an hour and a half upstate in New York. We worked all weekend as assistant cooks in the kitchen to help feed 500 plus youth attending to retreat. Our team served hard and laughed even harder. It was a wonderful way to give up some time and get to hang out with some cool teenagers in the process.
The retreat was fun and awesome, but made me think on the practice of serving. I worked alongside some people with hearts of gold for service. We worked with another youth group who were there on a work weekend. These teenagers truly inspired and challenged me with their pure enthusiasm to not only work hard, but also spend time growing with one another. I realized the same pattern in our own small workforce as we pushed through achy feet and hundreds upon hundreds of pancakes to be flipped. Through
all of this we laughed, we sang, we danced, and ultimately became closer in the process. I loved this weekend! At a stressful time in the semester it was great to take the focus off myself, my grades, and problems. It was surely a blessing to serve these students and share in genuine christian community. God is working in me to make me into a person who doesn’t just serve, but learns to serve with joy. My team and the volunteers this weekend showed me many times how one serves with a happy heart and to reach the larger community of Christ.
I see an even more valuable lesson to be learned here for the church as a whole. Christ emphasized service and took every opportunity to humble himself. One of my favorite stories of Jesus in when he, in humility, got down in the dirt and washed his disciple’s feet. He was the creator of feet, and dirt, and the universe. If anyone could have pulled the God card he was one of the only ones who could have gotten away with it. That is why Jesus is a great leader because he leads out of humility and with a servant’s heart. He is the one person who we should take as a life example. These weekend taught me, hopefully to be just a little more like Jesus, and share in the blessing of serving.