Teaching Service

I am switching from Evernote to Onenote (the reasons for the switch are myriad and complicated, but if you know what either of these programs are and want to discuss them that would make me happy). The switch means that I am finding old snippets of notes that I have written myself over the past 3 years or so. Here is one I found:



Teach Nathan:

You are great when you serve others. You aren’t great based on your views. You are great based on how much you serve.

So how can I find places where he can serve?



That was a note that I buried deep in my quick thoughts list. When I read it again this week it was pretty convicting, because I am still not sure that I am teaching him this. I teach Nathan how to be good at things. I teach Nathan how to strive to be his best. I teach Nathan how to study in school, how to shoot a basketball, how to fly a quadcopter, how to program in Minecraft. I teach him all of these things because 1) I like to teach and 2) because I want him to be the best him he can be.

But in all of that I wonder if I am teaching him subtly (or maybe overtly) that greatness is found in those things, that greatness is found in what you do. I think this may be the case, because even at 8 he stresses from time to time about how good he is at certain things. But greatness isn’t found in who can make the most shots or answer the most math problems. Jesus said that greatness is found in those who serve.

Matthew 20:26b–28 (HCSB)

…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.”

  This is greatness, serving others. But I feel like all of my life is spent showing Nathan how to be great as the world considers greatness. So that has become my prayer this week.

 “How can I live a life of service so that my children can see that service, not accomplishments, is what makes you great?”

I started to pray about how I could teach Nathan to be a servant, but let’s be honest. I can never teach him to serve unless I am serving. So I am praying that God will let me be a servant, and that my boys will understand what true greatness is about.


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