Thursday, May 16, 2013

When You Serve, Everybody Wins

I was recently asked by Tyndale to be a part of  a 3 part blog series that they are doing with Adventures in Odyssey, called A Call To Serve. They are challenging parents and children to get out this summer and serve either in the home or in the community. 

I'm excited to be a part of this special project because I recognize the importance of being the hands and feet of Jesus to those around me and want my children to know this as well. As a parent I want them to grow up not being so consumed with themselves but to look out for their fellow man.

In a very real way, then, the best path toward building selfless, confident children is to help and encourage them toward a growing and thriving faith in God. And that includes obedience to what God teaches—not because it makes kids feel good, although it often does—but because they’re following God’s instructions to love Him and serve others. That builds a faith they can count on and carry with them into adulthood—which is the greatest gift any parent can bestow on their child.~Taken from the Service Project Guidelines

I'm all for healthy self esteem, but I think as parents we can sometimes blur those lines and take it too far. It's not enough to tell our kids that they are smart or important but they need to grow a real heart for others and get their source of esteem from something that's not of this world.
Our culture puts an extravagant amount of energy into raising kids who will grow up to feel good about themselves. In schools, clubs, homes, and even at church, adults have made a decided effort to bolster children’s “self-esteem” –not by actually encouraging kids do something that’s worthwhile, but by simply telling them they are important and valuable. 
As part of the challenge you will get access to a mp3 audio to listen with your kids and a pdf download with ideas of some fun things you can do to serve.

Want to know more? Read Below::

 Adventures in Odyssey, the beloved audio series from Focus on the Family, has encouraged kids toward a stronger faith for 25 years. Whit, Connie, Eugene, and the other lovable characters from Odyssey have shared countless adventures with kids across the world in the classic audio dramas, books, videos, and devotionals, fulfilling the AIO promise to help kids discover, imagine, and grow.

This summer, Adventures in Odyssey is joining with Christian bookstores across the country, inviting kids to participate in a Summer of Service. They're promoting the biblical message, “When you serve, everybody wins,” encouraging kids to serve their families, their communities, and their world. Whether it’s baking cookies for an elderly neighbor or putting together a care package for missionaries overseas, kids will discover that serving can be a blast! 

How the A.C.T.S. (A Call to Service) challenge and contest works:
Kids who join A.C.T.S. can pick up a service log and collect fun character stickers for hours served at participating bookstores throughout the summer, or download a serving log online at whitsend.orgAt the end of the summer, kids can record and upload a short video telling how they serve and why they'd like to become an Adventures in Odyssey Ambassador.

A hundred winners will get the brand new AIO Album, and after online voting, two grand prize winners (one boy and one girl) will get to travel on an exciting Good-Goers Mission Based Adventure trip to another country with a parent!  The out-of-country destination will be announced on a live podcast May 22—hosted by AIO actors Katie Leigh (Connie) and Chris Anthony (Chris)—which you can watch at You don't want to miss it!

The free downloadable mp3 file of the AIO Service episode, available here: (note: downloads are only accessible through this link)

The free PDF download of summer service ideas for kids, also available here:

This Summer service project is a great way to not only get your children involved in doing unto others but you as well.

So, what do you think? Are you up to a Summer of Serving? Have any ideas for service projects you want to share? I'd love to hear them!

Linking with: Faith Filled Fridays, and Fellowship Fridays Monday MOM


  1. My kids LOVE Adventures in Odyssey- think we could probably recite 100 episodes by heart. Thanks for spreading the word about this fun summer project.

  2. We are late-comers to Odyssey :) I received the Cd's and we have been listening to them non stop:) I can't wait to get started on this, I think it'll be a fun way to show the kids what serving is all about.


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