The Way I See It

1 07 2012

Series Overview

What will they think of me? Will I look stupid? I don’t need to waste my time; I have too much to do. These are a few of the questions from a student who won’t want to go on your small-group service project. At the heart of each of these excuses is a heavy dose of selfishness. Students are at the most selfish stage of life – that has been clinically proven – and, to mature and grow, they have to learn to put others first. The challenge is that they cannot appreciate how serving others will radically change their point of view until they have done it.  So, this month, we want to beg, blackmail and bribe our students to engage in service – because, once they have done it, they will see the world in a different light. They have to move beyond their egocentric worldview and begin seeing other people’s worth on par with their own. So, for the next 3 weeks, we are going to look at the world “The way I see it.”

Session 1 (July 1, 2012)

There are some things that you just can’t understand until you experience it for the first time. The thrill of standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, skydiving, or even becoming a parent for the first time. It might sound weird, but being a servant falls into this category as well.  We can talk to our students about the importance of being a servant, participating in a service project, or going on a mission trip, but until they do it, they can’t know what it is like.  You have to experience being a servant to see how it changes your world and the world around you.  Jesus knew this and that is why he put servanthood into action. By washing his disciples feet in John 13, Jesus set the ultimate example of being a servant.  You can tell others the importance of being a servant, but it isn’t until you begin serving that they truly see the impact.  We want our students to understand the importance of serving, and so we are encouraging them to find a place to serve right now.

Talk to your student about a time in your life when an experience changed your understanding. Ask your student if there is a place where your family can begin to serve together.

Session 2 (July 8, 2012)

Our students live in a world where it is acceptable to think only about themselves.  Often their friendships are subtly based on the question, “What is in it for me?”  It could be popularity or access to a lake house, but there is almost always a selfish motive behind many of our actions.  We want to challenge our students to begin changing their perspective.  We have talked in the past about how our students have influence in the lives of their friends, and now we want our students to realize that they need to be serving their friends.  This is a new idea that can be scary.  It might change some relationships, and it will give our students an opportunity to share their faith.  We want our students to start putting the needs of their friends before their own because relationships that are based on servant hood are the relationships that last the longest.

Talk to your student about the importance of being a person who is always giving rather than always asking. Ask your student who they can serve this week.

Session 3 (July 15, 2012)

Serving others is not an easy thing to do, and it is even harder when you talk about serving someone in authority.  Whether it is a parent, teacher or coach, we want our students to know that serving authority means going the extra mile.  At first, this principle sounds ridiculous.  Why should I have do to extra work?  We want to emphasize to our students that going the extra mile is part of being a servant, and it is one of the best ways to illustrate the love of God.  It might not always be the most fun thing to do, but by going the extra mile now with authorities we will gain more trust in the future.

Talk to your student about a time when you have seen them go the extra mile for you, and what it meant to you.  Ask your student what going the extra mile will look like in their life this week.

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