Greetings! I’m Paige, originally from Hudson along with Megan & Mairead, but now attending school and living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I just finished up my freshman year at UC and it was one to remember with many lessons and experiences along the way. This is my first post and it’s hard choosing what to write about among it all, but here it goes!
Two weeks ago I got the opportunity to go and serve at a Young Life Camp called Sharptop Cove, which is in Georgia. I got to spend my time setting, serving and bussing tables for meals. It was hard and meticulous work, but so life giving in many ways. In the Bible it talks about serving others a lot.
Matthew 20:28 says ,”For even the Son of man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
This reminds me constantly that serving is not about us and should be used to show others God’s love. While there, paying attention to detail was greatly emphasized and “serving with excellence.”
Imagine you’re at work and out of the blue are asked if the CEO of the company can join you and your family for dinner that night. You would make sure to do everything perfectly from setting the forks, spoons and knives straight to making sure each plate you set out was as clean as it could be to folding each napkin perfectly. You want everything to look perfect for the CEO. Any kid or person who comes to camp should get to experience this perfectness, because in God’s eyes He loves everyone no matter what. He doesn’t care what you’ve done or who you are, He still loves you and we should try to show this love to everyone we meet. Whether that be through setting tables or investing time in someone’s life.
I’ve been home from college for a little over a week now and have already made the 3.5 hour drive to Cincinnati twice now. Life down there is so different from life in Hudson. There is where my co-leaders are. There is where my ministry is. There is where my community lies. There so many friendships were made. Being back seem’s unreal and unfamiliar because “there” is what is familiar and real, but my roommate will be here and so will friends from high school. I’m excited to get to spend time with them and grow in my faith with them over the summer. The relationships I had in high school were so different than relationships I made in college. Hanging out with my friends we would have intentional conversation and really pay attention and listen to what each other had to say, polar opposite from high school. In high school, I only cared about myself and what I was going to say next rather than listening to what was being said. Spending good, intentional time with these friends is going to be awesome and I can’t wait to do life with them this summer.
I want to leave you this this:
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Hebrews 10:24-25.