April 27, 2018

John 12:1-8

Lillian Ryan, grade 11

My worship is wiping dripping snot off of a preschooler’s face.

My worship is playing bingo with the senior adults at CCA.

My worship is setting out silverware for the tables at Taste of Christmas.

My worship is getting wet concrete in my teeth in Guatemala while building a house.

Serving is everything to me. Over time, I have concluded we live in a self-centered society. Our world pounds into our brains that “we must further ourselves above others to have a successful or happy life.” I love that in God’s eyes, this isn’t true. My family made it a priority to teach my siblings and me what it means to serve others—it is not all about “me” in the Kingdom of God. In fact, it isn’t about me at all. It’s about Him.

I love doing mission projects and going to different places to serve because I enjoy meeting new people and doing something to help others. When I serve, I am able to give someone a little chunk of how Jesus loves them. In a society moving at a pace as fast as ours, people recognize when someone steps out of their way to do something for someone else.

I have learned God doesn’t just call us to serve during our summer mission trip, or only give during a building campaign. God wants us to serve and give to Him and others anywhere and everywhere we can. It has become my mission that wherever I am during the day—school, work, the gym, or the gas station—I am able to make someone else’s day nicer. It is such a great way to show others Jesus, even without having a deep biblical conversation.

When I think about who I can relate to in the Bible with this same service attitude, I think of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and perfume. The others around her noticed her worship was different and felt she was not worthy of serving Him. But Jesus knew her heart. She longed for Him to be praised, and He was pleased with her worship.