All IN 1: Give Something
You have the power to serve in a powerful way.
Let’s be honest, the subject of giving to help others makes us all a little nervous. It’s not that we don’t want to help others or give to the needy. It’s just that most of us feel like we don’t have much to offer. But, what can your two or five or even ten bucks do to help someone, really. As someone who barely squeaks by, it’s easy to feel powerless when it comes to giving and serving others. But what if that isn’t true? What if we have more power to help others than we realize? What if giving isn’t as complicated as we make it? The book of Proverbs teaches that we all have the power to give. And by doing so, we may get more in return than we ever imagined.
All IN 2: Do Something
Courageous is greater than Comfortable
Humans love to comfortable. It’s why we invented air conditioners, sweat pants, and Snuggies. The problem is that sometimes our love of comfort hold us back from doing really great things. It’s why many of us are tempted to shy away from the idea of serving others. Serving can mean getting up early, giving up weekends, working really hard, and being around people you might otherwise avoid. It’s naturally uncomfortable. And yet people who serve seem to nd it worth the risk every time. How is that possible? Jesus made it clear that people who serve, even in small ways, are a big deal to God. He even went as far as to say that serving another person is the same as serving Him. While His words won’t protect our comfort, they may just lead us toward something even better, something that will push us forward instead of holding us back—courage.
All IN 3: Be Something
Being kind is a state of mind.
Have you noticed that there are a million shows on right now that have a group of people called “judges?” Whether it’s singing, dancing, or baking cupcakes, all of these shows have judges that watch the contestants’ every move. They evaluate, score, and criticize—as the entire world watches. Being a student can be brutal in the same way—you are surrounded by judges who constantly decide where you t in the social system. It feels like every- thing you do or say or wear can affect your social ranking. Even being nice to someone of a different status is a huge risk. In one of his most famous parables, Jesus told a story that isn’t all that different. In a world of strict social categories, a man of lower status sees a man of higher status in need. And what he does demonstrates exactly what it means to go all in when faced with a risky social situation.