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Posted on March 25, 2009

  • I agree, usually when we force someone to do something, they do it with bitterness and not with the right attitude. But aren’t there times in life that we’re forced to do things that don’t feel comfortable to us, but in the end we see the difference it made in our lives or the life of someone else. So couldn’t there be a healthy blend of asking students to serve at times and at other times, making it a requirement to serve? I’m struggling with this issue and wonder what you guys think. I just think if we always communicate service as an option for our students, most of the time they’ll choose the more comfortable thing by not serving. Or should we always just stick with encouraging, asking, and suggesting students serve and pray for the best?? :)

  • Frank, I’m with you. I agree that sometimes we need to push kids a bit, out of their comfort zone, knowing that what is best for them isn’t always what they want. Knowing where that balance is, though, is often difficult.

  • Adam Gelderbloem

    Good day guys. Trust that you are well. We have recently done 8 weeks of programmes based on Cain’s response to God about being his brother’s keeper and in conjunction used the verse do unto others as you would have them do to you. Our focal point was that we will only receive what we give… The response was amazing.

    I think this can be considered the firm nudge you refer to without forcing the issue if you want to call it that.

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