|Mike & Gracie jumping in with both feet on retreat|
How exactly I got here isn't important. The most important thing I've learned as a result of the experiences I've been blessed to have, is no matter where you are in life it is of the utmost importance to jump in with both feet.
Looking back, this is a philosophy that has served me fairly well. After I took a fairly rudimentary theology class, my interest was piqued. The next year, I did what any irresponsible 20 year old with zero foresight would do, and I switched my major from Pre-Med to Theology. And I didn't drown. By jumping in with both feet, I found more than just a major, I was changed by it. It ignited a passion within me for the close study of scripture that I still carry with me.
|Wining team for "Chopped Challege" Community night|
|Mike & Timo at the Open House event|
If you are thinking about doing a year of service, listen to your heart. Do you feel that you can fully commit to giving yourself to a population desperately in need, homeless or otherwise? Do you feel drawn to do it? If you're like me, you may not be able to articulate exactly what draws you toward service, but that's fine. If you're going to do it, do it all and do it well.
There is a very simple reason that a year of service demands that you jump in with both feet and hold nothing back: a year of service is a year of living out love. Giving yourself to those who are homeless, or orphans, or refugees, or homeless orphan refugees, or any marginalized demographic is an act of love, and an act of love is to give yourself wholly and fully to another. And it's not easy. There may be days when you don't feel like working or days when you feel crushed by everything--the systems of poverty, hopelessness and despair. But that doesn't matter. You agreed to live in love. You agreed to be love. Trust in yourself, your heart, and whatever God you choose, and things will turn out for the best.