I learned many things on the missions trip. One of the main ones was respect. Filipinos are very respectful. They obey those who are older them without question, even if the person is a sibling! One of the youth at COSC I looked up to was Pricilla. Whenever she wasn’t doing something she wouldn’t sit around and wait to find something to do, she would get up and ask if she could help with anything. She was very patient (which I have very little of), and caring.
The boys I also found were also very respectful. If I ever need help with the VBS kids during snacks, the boys would help me clean and read the lesson reviews when I had a sore throat.
Coming back home I realized that the kids here have little or no respect for those who are in authority over them. I feel that after this trip I have lots more respect for my parents, if they tell me to go and do something and get up right away instead of arguing with them.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.”
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Phil 2:1-4 “Now if you have known anything of Christ’s encouragement and of his reassuring love; if you have known something of the fellowship of His Spirit, and of compassion and deep sympathy, do make my joy complete-live together in harmony, live together in love, as though you had only one mind and spirit between you. Never act from motives of rivalry or personal vanity, but in humility think more of each other than you do of yourselves. None of you should think only of his own affairs, but consider other people’s interests also.”
Kaylin. How beautiful.
The striking realization of exemplifying leadership through servanthood is one of the traits that is at the very heart of what makes us Jesus followers. Jesus showed his disciples the importance of this in scripture many times over and yet this concept is one that escapes many of us repeatedly. As we know all too well there is much more concern for our own self-fulfillment then for pleasing God or serving Him in service to others.
Jesus wasn’t out for “self-this and self-that”, but rather “others-this and others-that”. We see it so consistently through the scriptural accounts of Christ when He walked this earth. You are spot-on to realize that in serving we must experience the many little deaths to our own desires to be able to go beyond ourselves and what we want and (as you state)….act in respect.
May the power of the Spirit move you forward in servanthood leadership now and always as to allow His Shine to be bright through you!!! Thank you for sharing and for being open to what God put in your path to discover from Him while in Chicago and for bringing it back to all of us in a share.