A Life of Sacrifice

Hey y’all!! It’s Alyssa & I hope your week is going well! Hopefully you’ve been blessed with some days off school this week like I have!

Today, I will be sharing about servanthood! This is a characteristic that I find so important to have, and is a perfect example of Jesus!

Servanthood is defined as

“a person who performs duties for others”

Throughout my life, I have had many amazing examples of servanthood shown to me. From my parents, to teachers, to amazing friends, serving others has been a trait that my parents truly wanted to embed in me.

Matthew 20:26 says “He who desires to be great among you must be your servant”

So, the way that you can be great is being a servant to others. Whether it be helping a friend with homework, helping a neighbor carry in groceries, or help someone at work, servanthood is essential to live a life evident of Christ.

Recently, I began working at Chick-fil-a, and it is truly a company focused on serving others. From asking how you can serve a customer, to helping parents with small children carry food and drinks, to finding the little things to do to make their experience exceptional. In just in the short time I’ve worked here, I have seen servants been made of the employees, and my attitude has changed in a way that is more like Jesus every time I work.

Servanthood is knowing and living your life not for yourself, and sacrificing for others and Jesus. Servants are free to serve and find joy in doing so. They are willing to help others without compensation, without being asked, and even when it is inconvenient. Throughout last summer, I had to constantly remind myself how it is not about me and that I was on OB to learn how to serve others in the name of Jesus. There were some times on tour that we had to do some things that weren’t the most glorious of jobs, but I learned how to do these things with joy and love, just as we as believers should.

Jesus says “Do nothing out of self ambition of vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4)

I remember on tour, I tried to develop the spirit of a servant. Walking into a church, park, or Disney Land, I continually asked myself how I could serve someone there. Sometimes, serving someone can simply look like sharing a smile or starting a conversation. So many times asking someone how you can pray for them can be a bold way of serving them. At school, it could be as simple as helping someone on crutches get from class to class or helping a teacher make copies.

If serving was easy, everyone would be doing it. Although some acts of serving may seem simple, they all take love and sacrifice to accomplish. At Momentum Youth Conference, one whole day of the week is devoted to serving. Some youth groups help with cleaning a house, painting fences, or like my youth group, help run various events. For the past two years, we have volunteered at a town’s birthday party. We help run games for the kiddos and we have such an amazing time. We have been blessed with many opportunities to make impacts in the name of Jesus and it is truly such a blessing. Two summers ago, I had the chance to make a connection with a little boy. He seemed to have a developmental disorder and it was very hard for him to make connections with the others kids. So instead, him and I played in a bucket of water. Something that seems so simple, but made such an impact on him and his family’s lives. He kept on pouring a cup of water on my hair and pretending to wash it. We did this for hours, and we had the time of our lives. When it was time to leave, I was talking to his parents and they said he has never connected with a stranger like this. It was such a honor to serve this family, and it proved to me that it is the little things that make such a big difference.

At Momentum this past summer, I have made the decision to surrender my life to build the kingdom of Christ. It was such an amazing experience, because I got to do this with Raegan by my side. I want to be a nurse, and my goal for myself is to intentionally make an impact on my patients and their families in the name of Jesus. My career goal is to get my doctorate in Nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner, and then to open a clinic in a Hispanic- dominated area and care for those who need it physically, and spiritually. Operation Barnabas showed me how I have a gift of being able to connect with others, and I work very well with children. I love speaking Spanish, and of course sharing the name of Jesus, and I believe this is the perfect career for me.

Some great songs that relate to servanthood are:

  • “I Surrender” – Jordan Howerton Band
  • “Only Jesus” – Casting Crowns

At Momentum, the Jordan Howerton Band leads worship, and “I Surrender is a pretty popular song throughout the week. One of my favorite verses is:

“I will walk through the flame and I will praise Your name. I surrender all. I won’t wait for the mountain top I’ll claim You here. I surrender all.”

If you get the chance, listen to these two songs. Really dig into the lyrics, and I am sure that they will make an impact on you like they did on myself.

Alright, that wraps up my conversation today! I hope you have an amazing rest of your week!!

Sending lots of love and warm wishes,

Alyssa 🙂

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