Hearts to Serve

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13

It's late summer in Texas which means two things:  it's blazing hot and the kids are entering their final weeks of sleeping in, staying up late, swimming all day and playing Pokemon Go.  Ask any of them and most will say that their freedom is coming to an end.  But these kids.  These kids are different

 Every day this week, they have promptly arrived at 8:45am to begin a day of serving others that are far less fortunate than they are.  I am not talking about financially, either; they are sharing their spiritual wealth with those who are poor and their kind hearts are speaking volumes through their actions.  The thing about these kids is that their hearts are in the right place.  Never once do we have to tell them to get up and get to moving...before we get a chance, they are up and moving.  Undoubtedly, some of these children are forced to be there by their parents, but you wouldn't be able to pick the ones from a lineup.  

After our morning devotional, we play a few games then each team of roughly 6-7 kids gets together and accomplishes a task:  prepare the food in the church kitchen, load the cars, come up with game ideas, execute those ideas once at the food pantry, set up canopies, tables, chairs, etc, share the gospel, make crafts, create goodie bags, air up 300 basketballs for the upcoming church basketball camp, clean the room, take VBS trash out.  Half of the teams stay on campus and the remaining half heads to the site where the children in neighboring communities are invited to come for lunch, play games, and hear the gospel.  

If you don't live in Texas, you may not know that it is sweltering.  Literally.  Sweltering.  The sun is full and the breeze in nonexistent.  These kids, though.  They have jumped with enthusiasm to burn up, soak themselves in sweat, just to S E R V E other.  I have been B L O W N away at their willingness to serve, their humility, kindness, and genuine efforts to work as a team.  They have not only been serving the kids outside of church, but each other too, many times, unknowingly.  Assembly lines have been formulated and executed, they offer their friends who are serving the food that day to switch so that they, too, can eat, and the moment things are getting packed up to head back to the church, you can bet at least five are following each leader asking how they can help {if they don't see an opportunity themselves and jump on it.}  In four days, I have heard ZERO complaints from these kids.  For once in about five years, I finally have hope for our future. This is what giving is about.  This is what service about.   

Hands down, this is one of my favorite weeks of summer.  

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