by Hannah Alford
On campus, we can get in a rut just thinking about ourselves and our needs and wants. How many times a day do we say the word “I” when Paul calls us to be servants of God under the direction of Jesus. Romans 12:1 states. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God- this is your true and proper worship.” Sacrifice is a word with heavy connotation, usually negative people think of sacrifice as having to give something up, or loss of some kind; but this is not the sacrifice that Paul is referencing. This sacrifice although it does carry loss, has a glorious gain in the end. On Tuesday nights you sacrifice study time or going out to go to Wesley and that’s wonderful! But to truly live by Paul’s advice the best way to praise God is to serve others, give up our time to help those who need it. Maybe you don’t have much time to give, then you could do something simple like pray for someone else while walking to class, you are serving the person who you are praying for and are bettering that person and yourself through prayer. Finding ways to serve can be hard, but once you find the joy in serving you become closer to God and the community you are supporting!