A Friend’s View on Service

This morning our devotion was about storing up your treasures on earth. The subject turned to trophies.

Our friend received a service award while in high school that meant the world to her. We began talking about why she had kept this trophy. This is what she had to say:

“In the 10th grade, after spending my early years in private school, I transferred to Northside High School. It was like receiving my “get-out-of-jail-free pass.” I was amazed at how quickly I was able to make friends. This was possible because of the small handful of outgoing people I did know. They were so helpful in introducing me to other people.

Through these new friendships, I was immediately involved in a variety of activities: I did early morning paper drives to collect and recycle newspapers, volunteered in the office for the principal, acted as proctor for two plays, sang in the chorus, participated in drill team and never said “no” to any opportunity that arose. None of this ever felt like work because I was so happy to be there. I was a part of something bigger than me. My senior year I got this plastic award that stood 6 inches tall. I treasure it for the memories it triggers and the friendships it created. When someone needs help and you make yourself available, you might just make a good friend. It certainly worked for me.”

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