Serving Time

My very special guest writer today is Chad Young.

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He’s a 14-year Cru (formerly Campus Crusades for Christ) staff member residing in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife Elizabeth and their children, Wyatt, Clark, Evelyn, and Josilynn. He’s also the author of Authenticity: Real Faith in a Phony, Superficial World.  His latest release is Wrestling with Faith, Love and Gators.

“Serving Time”

Chad Young

Having a five year-old daughter is interesting. My wife Elizabeth and I try our best to keep our house clean. While I’m at work during weekdays, Elizabeth literally spends at least a couple of hours every day cleaning up the kitchen and living room. I help clean in the evenings. A couple of hours every day! How long every day does it take to make a mess? In a lot of ways, we live to serve Josilynn.

Recently, I studied the book of Philippians, which opens with the seven words, “Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…”

Those seven simple words challenged me. I’ve asked myself the questions: What is a servant? Who do I serve the most? God, others, myself? If I were to describe myself truthfully to someone, would I say that I’m a servant of Christ Jesus?

In a lot of ways, I’m like my daughter Josilynn in the way I relate to God. Just as she seems to view Mommy and Daddy as her servants at times, I treat God that way. My prayers are often mainly a list of things I need from him. I often live my life trying to please myself rather than living to please my Master. I often forget that I’m the servant and he’s the Master, not the other way around.

To read more of Chad’s adventures, see his new book, Wrestling with Faith, Love and Gators.

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