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Servanthood is a buzzword in churches and leadership circles today.

We need servant leaders, we want to serve our spouse and our families, and we are always asked to be a cheerful servant in various areas in our local place of worship.

Why?

Here are 3 reasons to practice servanthood.

1. We serve cause Jesus served

The Jews expected their savior to be a conquering king who would return them to their glory days experienced under David and Solomon.

Instead they got a suffering servant.

“It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26–28

Take Hope

October 11, 2012

Today I welcome Angie Washington to NoSuperheroes. She lives in Bolivia as a missionary. Angie has several blogs @ngie and a photo blog. You can follow her on Facebook or Twitter as well as read more about her life at the end of this post.

I Called Her Baby

My hand went to my mouth and my eyes got big. Did I just say that? Did my lips really just form that word? I just called her baby. My conscious convinced me that my subconscious made me blurt out how I truly felt. Through an uncontrollable smile I breathed a sigh of relief.

Over two years had passed since we brought our youngest daughter home. She was two at the time. This adorable little toddler quickly settled into life as a Washington. Her Spanish lisp made us grin. Her first English words were, “I love you,” and “coffee.” People complimented us on the apparent ease of the adoption. They remarked how well-behaved she was. Most even shared their astonishment at how much she looked like me. My husband seemed to connect with her wonderfully. Everything had a glow of perfection.

I am a single parent……for three more days!

My wife has been away at a missions conference for 12 days now. I am often the one in the family who travels, so this is not a whine fest. I have truly gained an appreciation for single parents over these two weeks.

I’ve been the one who feeds my hungry boys their meals and multiples snacks. I became skilled at packing lunches and organizing school bags. The amount of hours that I have logged in transit this week alone could have been spent writing several blog posts!

At the end of each day I found myself worn out, but not having many checks on my to do list to show for it. I’ve turned into an “even earlier to bed man” than normal!

Our Story Is Not Our Identity

February 24, 2012

A few years ago, our family completed a journey to adopt and immigrate our son from South Africa. This process took over four years and included custody, name changes, countless documents, and finally culminated in him receiving his US citizenship and passport.

My son’s identity has changed. He has a new name, a new country, and a new family heritage.

This does not change his story. Where he came from will always be a part of his life, but how he is known is completely different.

It is this way with all of us. Our past is a part of who we are, but we have a new identity through Christ.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Cor. 5:17

This is so clear through the example of Abraham. Look at these two verses side by side and notice the difference.