I went this weekend to work a retreat. It is called “Chrysalis Journey”, and was a retreat for 13 young girls ages 18-24. I won’t go into the details of what it is exactly, but suffice it to say that about 40 people showed up to serve those 13.
It is an awesome thing for those 13 girls, but in a mihty way, it was an awesome thing for the 40. I was one of the 40, and had agreed to work in the kitchen helping with food. Well, that means setting up the litchen, prepping food, cooking food, serving food, cleaning up food, taking out trash, and all the normal things you do in that process, which is pretty hard and tiring work. In addition, I did a few other interesting things. I was in several skits (one of which involved my dressing up in drag, dress and all — very scary, trust me) which stretched my pool of talents, believe me.
Service. Servanthood. Self sacrifice.
Those are all words that described it. It was not about me, but it did me SO much good. At one point in this retreat, all the helpers sing a song called the “Servant Song”. I got about halfway through it and was crying the last half. Couldn’t help it — it was powerful to sing to those we had been serving the whole weekend, and see the gratitude and tears in their eyes.
We that were helping also helped each other. During the hours (5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on average each day), we had chance to stop and talk with people we had just met, and explore a new relationship. I met some VERY cool people, poeple who struggle just like me, but were there nonetheless to serve others. No way to describe how that feels folks, you just have to experience it.
Now it is back to my normal day to day life. I hope I let the weekend change me, and give me more of a servants heart, every moment, every day.
Thank you Lord, for a chance to be a servant. Now help me be a better one — every day.