Distance doesn’t make a missionary. These words or something similar were taught to me by a former pastor. What he was communicating to me is that the heart of servant must be evident at home before it can ever be used abroad. This was the impetus for our annual local mission trip, and really has transformed the way that I view mission work.
For the last three Wednesday nights we have been talking about service: the act of going outside of yourself to help another person. A majority of the focus on service is to help those who we perceive to be in the greatest need, perhaps the homeless or the military. However, before we dive into helping those who are away I believe we need to get our hearts right at home. For a teenager that means adjusting the attitude at home to being loving, obedient, and service minded to his parents.
So I challenged our youth to begin to serve at home. That means taking an extra step beyond mere obedience to actually serving their parents. The hope is that through learning to serve at home, they will be more fulfilled in their service of others.
As parents you have an opportunity to make your home a place where your child would want to go the extra mile for you. You can help them want to be a better son or daughter. So, as I challenged the youth to obey and serve you, I ask that you try to cultivate a home life in which appreciation is verbalized, and service is modeled. If you are serving your kids in ways that they see, they will begin to understand that service is just a way of life, especially for believers. Good luck, and keep up the good work…it is truly a tough job that you do!