YOUNG ADULT

LOVE IN ANY LANGUAGE...

Random

thought...

... Are a life of service and a successful

career mutually exclusive?



Anxiety. Pain. Brokenness. These are just some results of sin that we see every day. Everyone experiences things that were not in the original plan for our lives. At times like these, doubt easily fills our minds as we look at the world, but what is our role, our mission, and most importantly, our responsibility here?

When Christ was on

Earth, He made it clear that He was here to serve (See Mark 10:42-45). If He is to be our Great Example, should

service not also be our purpose here on this planet? Is it not our duty to ease

for others the results of sin?



There’s only so much you can express in the beginning, but as time went on, it became much easier."

Amanda

LIKE A SECOND LANGUAGE...

I recently returned

from a two-year stay in the beautiful country of Austria. I figured it would be a good idea to go and

learn German there - a language I’ve always wanted to learn. After arriving, and as time went by, I found

that the best way to learn German was to fully immerse myself in the language

by speaking with others around me, reading and writing for practice. At first it was difficult. There’s only so much you can express in the

beginning, but as time went on, it became much easier. I even started thinking in German! When it was time to go home and resume

speaking and thinking in English, it was difficult!



That’s how it

should be with us and service. We cannot

forget that we were placed here on this earth to serve, to be Christ’s hands and

feet. To

love Him is to love others, and to love others is to serve.



What does it mean

to serve? Does it simply mean going to the soup kitchen every week, singing at

nursing homes, or going on annual mission trips? Well, sure, but it goes a lot

deeper than that. Service is one way in which God reaches others through

us. Service could be as simple as

telling someone that Jesus loves them!

As stewards, we are

the managers of what Christ has given us, and our service to others is part of

our duty. To serve should be such a

natural part of us, that we don’t even have to think about it. Being fully

immersed and engaged in acts of service is the best way for that to happen. We

serve others not just physically, but spiritually and mentally as well.



LIKE JESUS...

“Christ gave no

stinted service,” writes Ellen White, “He did not measure His work by hours.

His time, His heart, His soul and strength, were given to labor for the benefit

of humanity. Through weary days He toiled, and through long nights He bent in prayer

for grace and endurance that He might do a larger work. With strong crying and

tears He sent His petitions to heaven, that His human nature might be

strengthened, that He might be braced to meet the wily foe in all his deceptive

workings, and fortified to fulfill His missions of uplifting humanity. To His

workers He says, "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have

done." John 13:15.” (Ministry of Healing, p.500)



It seems rather

difficult at times, this idea of serving others, especially when we’re not sure

how, but it’s important to remember the very root of it all. Christ bids us “serve,” and when Christ is at

the centre of our lives and all we do, there is nothing sweeter than heeding

His words. Only out of love for our Saviour can we truly serve others as He

would want us to.
And only then will

we hear His loving words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! (Matt. 25:13).

Amanda King
Amanda King is

a 21-year old Canadian who is currently completing a Bachelor’s degree in

International Studies. She enjoys reading

and traveling and is waiting in anticipation for Christ's soon return

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