Rejecting Apathy in Service
We reject apathy because God calls us to embrace something far stronger: life. Because the God who made us in His image imprinted that same divine thumbprint on the soul of every human being, including the poor, the weak and powerless (Genesis 1:27) – Relevant Magazine
As Christians we are called to service; serving those who are widowed, orphaned, broken hearted, bound, mourning, ill… the list goes on. But how we serve makes all the difference. When I was in 6th grade I attended a school that required 20 hours of service per year. This requirement was not something that made me excited. If it had been a requirement to go to an amusement park once a year, I think I would have initially been more enthusiastic. However, Kings Island was not on the list of “service opportunities” and I had to find “less fun” opportunities to pursue. Initially I wasn’t stoked, but as the years went by the people I came into contact with began to touch MY heart. I was going to fulfill and obligation, like so many of us do. Then it became that I was going to serve these “lowly” people; such a horrible, arrogant attitude. But then it became, these individuals were grabbing my heart, forcing the blinders off my eyes to see them as humans, individuals God made in His image. Individuals He calls His children, and loves so dearly. The people I initially went to serve ended up ruining me … in a good way. Humbled, broken, seeing with new eyes each new service, each new missions trip, each new neighbor I had the opportunity to cross paths with, transformed my life and allowed me to see God’s love for myself in such new ways. There is such a difference when people are approached as “projects” instead of individuals. Just as I have been challenged, I ask you as well to evaluate your heart in serving others and ask you to reject apathy in your service.
Trujillo, Kelli B. “A Justice Manifesto”. Relevant Magazine. July, 2013. http://www.relevantmagazine.com/reject-apathy/justice-manifesto. Date accessed: July 1, 2013.