The Cost of Service

Andrew Myler
We value community and chapel. We strive to develop confident learners, ethical leaders, and compassionate engaged citizens.

Last week, the middle school Chapel Leadership Team, reflecting on the Parable of the Banquet, discussed developing a heart for service and the importance of humility.
This week, our story continued. In the lesson, we reflected on the excuses people
make to avoid serving, and our tendency to seek the easy way out.

Being “all in” is not easy.

As we prepare to focus on service this year, how can we avoid excuses? How can we, the adults, model being “all in” for our students?

An Excerpt from the CLT chapel script…
Tate: In our example, Mrs. H., our teacher, is trying to get students to volunteer their time after school to help the St. Paul’s food pantry.

Jess: One by one, the students come up with excuses.

Mrs. H: Everyone, please come up front to sign up for the St. Paul's food pantry. Jesus says you need to be "all in" and make sacrifices in order to be disciples. This is a great opportunity to serve others and treat others as you would like to be treated.
  1. Kenna: Sorry, I have to catch up on my Netflix. I'm super behind on Pretty Little Liars.
  2. Gavin: I have to organize my collection of fireworks and write in my journal.
  3. Erin: Uuuuuuuummmmm that’s when I Brunch.
  4. Andrew: I can't, I have my fantasy football draft, it’s my passion!
  5. Elizabeth: I can't, I'm meeting all my friends at Starbucks for a double chocolatey chip Frappuccino. [EW1] 
  6. Emma: Sorry I have to go to opening ceremony of the Olympics
Mrs. H. “Emma, that’s already happened.”

After all the students offer an excuse, Mrs. H. says,
“Jesus also talks about the cost of being a good disciple. You have to sacrifice to really serve and help others. I want you to think for a minute about the excuses you made. Is anything you mentioned really more important than following the call to serve?


Now, who is ready to help? Four students stand up. (Allie, Erin, Andrew, and Jess)

Andrew: We thought about it, and we are willing to sacrifice to help. You’re right—it’s not easy being a disciple.
As a member of the St. Paul’s community, I pledge to be honest, to respect others, to take responsibility for my actions and words, to be kind and inclusive, and to help others do the same.
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