Before I had a real relationship with the Lord, all of my Spring Breaks were spent being selfish and lazy. My Spring Break was all about myself and how I got to spend my time with no second thought of serving others.
Once I developed a real relationship with Jesus I understood more about His character and His heart for serving those around Him. Mark 10:45 says “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many”. His whole life was dedicated to placing others before Himself, meeting needs, and serving those around Him.
I went on my first Rowdy Serve 5 years ago and it not only changed how I spent my Spring Breaks, but how I spent all of my time. I was given the opportunity to go spend time serving local churches and missionaries and help them in any way that they needed. We spent our time building, painting, cleaning, and simply just encouraging them in the work that they were doing.
On my Rowdy Serve trips, I got to witness those around me serving others in ways I had never seen before. I realized that serving was not just for Jesus, but for everyone who calls Him Savior and Lord. This revelation changed the way that I did things and my focus was slowly taken off of myself and placed onto other people.
Even though my trip ended, my serving didn’t stop. I went home to spend time with my family and was able to love and serve them the same way that I had done at Rowdy Serve. I focused on the needs of my family and others around me and was able to help them out in any way that I could. After going on my fifth Rowdy Serve this Spring Break, the Lord has continued growing my heart for serving others and has constantly shown me how to meet their needs, even little ones like buying a tired friend coffee.
If I could sum up my experience with Rowdy Serve into one word, it would be joy. I find true joy in serving those around me, the same way that Jesus did, and placing my attention on their needs instead of myself. My hope is that my serving others would show more of God’s heart for them.