“We want to serve others and
is humble and seeks no praise. The outcome of this humble and
If a parent
selfless act will likely be even greater growth and appreciation
for others. I came across a video that shares the value of offering
to develop a
selflessly. It’s the 100/0 paradox (http://www.100-0principle.com/).
foundation of service
Expand your child’s service locally
and volunteerism, by the
In June, my daughter gave up four days of her precious summer to
or college they may have the spirit to serve
teach VBS. Not only did she invest in those four days, but took time
internationally. Whether it’s Haiti, South America, China or
to prepare and train as well. Each of my kids has helped in church
Africa, there are thousands of opportunities to change lives. And
over the years, all in different areas. And now they are ready to even
the lives changed begin with the one who hears the call to serve.
go outside their own neighborhood.
Go into the nation
can do on this earth. The Bible challenges us to serve when Jesus
My second son, Trevor, choose to attend Asbury University, a small,
these brothers of mine, you did for me.” For a parent, there is no
private Christian college outside of Lexington. He was recruited
greater lesson to pass on to our children than to give, not expecting
to swim on their team. Each year, all Asbury sport teams go on a
a single thing in return.
mission trip. This year, while most swim teams went to Florida to
train in the sun over Christmas break, the Asbury Swim Team went
how they helped unload the dishwasher and swept the kitchen floor
to Joplin, Missouri, to help families clean up after the devastating
through our service we also grew closer as a team.”
- Trevor Ehrenheim
time their kids are in high school
Service to others is one of the most noble and Godly works we
says, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of
It could be that their mission trip to Russia has a lot to do with
tornados in spring of 2011. He says, “We went to serve others and through our service we also grew closer as a team.” Sounds like the training trip was a success!
Dean Ehrenheim, with his wife Jeanette, is raising four great kids. He regularly writes about his experiences in parenting, coaching and wellness. His email is email@example.com.
July 2012 . OWENSBORO PARENT
Published on Jul 2, 2012
Published on Jul 2, 2012
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