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Service starts in your mind. To be a servant requires a mental shift, a change in your attitudes.
- Servants think more about others than about themselves – servants focus on others, not themselves.
- Servants think like stewards, not owners – servants remember that GOD owns it all.
- Servants think about their work, not what others are doing – they don’t compare, criticise, or compete with other servants or ministries.
- Servants base their identity in Christ – because they remember they are loved and accepted by grace, servants don’t have to prove their worth.
- Servants think of ministry as an opportunity, not an obligation – they enjoy helping people, meeting needs, and doing ministry.
Point to ponder: To be a servant I must think like a servant - so how am I doing?
Verse to remember: Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus – Philippians 2:5 NIV
Question to consider: Am I usually more concerned about being served or finding ways to serve others?
from the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Though we may know that God is after the heart, so often our parenting settles for the quick fix of external behaviour.
Our role as parents is to turn our children's hearts towards God; that they may know Him, hear His voice, and choose to walk in His ways.
Heart Focus Parenting is a collection of articles and thoughts to encourage parents to keep their focus on their children's hearts day in and day out.
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A Time To Remember (and save for the next one)!
Honey and popcorn slathered on faces; chatting around the dinner table; sitting next to friends listening to teaching; having lively discussions with other like-minded people – this and much more was Teen Camp 2014. Many people had been anticipating the tenth of April – the day Teen Camp started. The first day was spent catching up with old friends, and looking around at all the other strangers; most of which you felt you’ve known forever by the end of Camp!
We played a couple of games – which included making words with our feet, and collecting body parts in a group. (Not disassembled – don’t worry!) Some retired for the night, while others didn’t until a lot later. :-)
Over the next few days we would have our teachings. The theme was “Jesus Mode – Strutting your stuff on the Christ walk of Life”. It made me think about how I was living my life, and whether it was an example to non-believers or not. We also had reflection times, discussions, more games, and even a Challenge night over the next three days. There was a lot of laughter and fun over mealtimes, and many new friends made.
We were all sad to see Teen Camp come to an end, but we were all thankful for the privilege of being there. A big thank you to Mr and Mrs Jak for organizing it – we are really grateful for all that you’ve done! I think I can speak for all of us when we say that we won’t forget this one – and that we are looking forward to the next one. :-) - Megan Foote
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