The three “R’s” – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic – are a given requisite in any academic setting. It would be hard for anyone to argue that these are not important. But who you are now, and who you will become, goes much further than just the three “R’s”.
Leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. These are key components of college life for Christian students. So how does someone meet these goals while also attempting to successfully achieve the “R’s”?
The answer to this lies in looking beyond yourself, towards the needs of others, and identifying where your unique gifts and talents fit. In a recent song by Matthew West, Do Something, he sees the concerns and needs of the world and asks, “God, why don’t You do something?”. The response God gives is “I did, I created you’’.
As God’s creation, how are you going to lead and serve, and in so doing, practice faith-informed discernment in today’s global society?
Opportunities abound. In fact, rather than wondering where you might find an opportunity, most likely you will be hard-pressed to not find opportunities to serve and to lead right now. Tens of thousands of students each year participate in mission-based service projects, both locally as well as all around the world.
What do you enjoy doing (other than studying!)? What are your passions? What are your gifts? Almost certainly you can find a way to invest yourself in the lives of others simply by doing what you already like doing.
Volunteer at a local food pantry or spend a week working at an orphanage in a third-world country. Do something that relates to your course of study, such as a going on a medical mission trip or helping with an after-school literacy program. While you might initially think you are blessing those you help, and you are, you will quickly realize the greater blessings are those you receive when giving of yourself. Do Something.
- “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
- “I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
- Dr. Albert Schweitzer
- “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
- Albert Pine
- “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others”
- Matthew 20:28a