Actively Healing Brokenness and Bringing Joy to Others
We live in an increasingly sedentary society. Time watching television and time on the computer are more than ever competing for our ‘awake’ hours, and drawing us away from activities that are more productive. Unfortunately, some of these activities also include service to God and others.
To help offset this trend, at Cedars we want students to increasingly think about God and others, pray for others and yes, do more to assist others. We want students to have an ‘others’ orientation, moving away from self-centeredness. Actively serving others is a tangible way of loving others. Service does not come naturally for most of us, yet can become increasingly common practice when we expect it as the norm, practiced and at the forefront of our priorities. With the help of the Holy Spirit, teachers should deliberately cultivate service mindsets for their students.
Cedars has provided some good opportunities over the years for students to serve; notably missions trips, garbage clean-up along N. Nechako Rd., or visiting seniors. However, additionally we need to encourage our students to serve in continual common ways in the daily routines of our school. Ideally, we want students not only be saying ‘I will’ or ‘I can help’ when someone asks, but also be seeking out needs of others as opportunities to do good. For example, it is great when students say ‘sure’ when asked by a teacher to move desks or help put away PE equipment. It is even better when students offer when they first anticipate that the teacher (or other students) need some help, and they ask, “Can I help you with that?” Students from Kindergarten to Gr. 12 can develop this service mindset.
Prairie Association of Christian Schools describes Servant-workers well in the following.
Being “salt and light” means our faith needs to be expressed in our work. We all can help to heal brokenness and bring joy. Sometimes this will be a response to an injustice, and sometimes it will be doing good things just for the sake of doing them. Sometimes these things will be easy for us to do and sometimes they will really push us out of our comfort zone- and both are great experiences!
Philippians 2:3-4 summarizes the mindset of service that we would like students at Cedars to increasingly develop.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
At Cedars we celebrate not only what students can learn, but what they can do and become as disciples of Christ!