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Champ Value 5 - Service

posted Nov 10, 2011, 12:19 PM by Ray Hughes   [ updated Nov 10, 2011, 1:06 PM by Pam Nelson ]
Service
“Every Champ makes a Difference"

by Ray Hughes

I love pizza. It's one of my favorite foods. But, I don't really like cauliflower. Sometimes when I sit down to eat; I realize it is a meal I don't like. I don't always have a great attitude when this happens. Sometimes I even complain. But last week I met a kid who lives near me who doesn't always have much food at his house. Sometimes, because his family doesn't have much money, he doesn't get to eat a meal because there isn't enough food. I realized that I need to be thankful for what I have. I also realized that I need to look for ways that I can help other people. I was able to help his family get food for the weekend through the Cy-Hope backpack program. It felt really good to help someone.

Life is not all about me. Hopefully, we have learned this by being on a baseball team. We don't always win the game, or get to play the position we want, but we can be thankful for the chance to play. When we look to serve or help others it makes life better for them and for us.

Jesus talks about this in the Bible.  He was a lot like a coach to his 12 closest friends.  He told them that many people think life is all about trying to get what you want for yourself.  But he said, "If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve the rest of you like a servant.  If one of you wants to become first, then he must serve the rest of you like a slave."  Even though Jesus was God, he didn't come so people could serve him, he came to serve.

Questions of the Week: 

1. What is the definition of service?  
    def:  working to to make a difference for others, to make life better for others
 
2. How can you serve? How can you best serve your team?
 
3. Through serving, what difference do you think you will make?

Ask the players if they would like to pray for something and if any would like to lead the prayer.
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