Last night we attended our sons’ sports banquet. It was a time to celebrate the team’s accomplishments and for the seniors to officially “pass the baton” to the next team captains.
During the banquet, the coach shared a story about the attitude of his students and how each of us is like one utensil or another. Coach said we are either here to serve ourselves or to serve others. We are either a “spoon” or a “ladle.”
In our culture, where we spend more time taking selfies than turning the cameras around to take in the world around us, I was encouraged to see the coach celebrate the students who were serving in the community around them.
As a parent, I have been blessed to watch my sons serve others, at first along side my husband and myself, and now of their own choosing. Serving at church, at school, in the community. Choosing to make others the priority, not themselves.
I think of other students I have taught and known as a teacher and parent, those who have been trained up to look out and not in– to see others first. I see them stepping into the lives of those around them, pouring encouragement, love, and understanding into the hurting hearts and hands of those who need the Love of Christ in tangible ways.
I think of the homeless I pass each day, the little things I can do to let them know they matter. Whether it is a smile, or a dollar, or a meal, to give to them makes a bigger difference than if I were to keep what I give to myself.
My heart is that we will continue to train up the next generation and the next, to look to others, to be the ladle and not the spoon.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship (Romans 12:1 NIV).