S.L.A.M.
Students Living a Message

SLAM STUDENT NEWSLETTER

Contents
1. Something for Your Heart
2. Surf Report
3. Forgettable Fact
4. Potent Quotables
5. Parting Shot
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1. SOMETHING FOR YOUR HEART
SURPRISE YOUR FAMILY… SERVE
When was the last time you surprised your family in a positive way? I’m sure you have examples of unpleasant surprises, but when was the last time you went out of your way to serve your family? I challenge you to look for ways to serve your family. Yep…your family! Leadership isn’t just about serving people you’re not related to. Serving with a ministry motive should include your family, too.
When you do your chores without being asked or place the needs of other family members before your own, you serve your family. When your parents have an exceptionally busy week and come home to a clean house, you’ve chosen an excellent way to serve them and relieve their stress. (Unless, of course–just in case my daughter reads this book–you threw away something your dad left out that he really needed!) When the lawn gets mowed, when the driveway gets swept, when you put away the laundry, when you do anything that takes a project off your parents’ to-do list, you are serving them.
You may read this and say, “I do all of these things, and my parents still complain.” Let me suggest that you help out before they ask you to. Then ask occasionally if there’s anything you can do to help around the house. Now, you’d better know CPR just in case their hearts stop.
Earlier in this chapter I wrote about the power of upward influence. Serving your family is upward influence in action. If you do what you need to do before you’re asked and do it with a positive attitude, eventually, you’ll begin to have a positive influence on your family.
Family wounds are not easily or quickly healed. It takes persistent care and consistent, positive attitudes to develop a pattern of trust and changed character. If you want a healthy family, develop a servant’s heart toward yours. Having a healthy family is worth the work and patience needed to take these steps. It’s not easy, but it’s important.
2. SURF REPORT
~ StudyBuddy.com
A place for you to get homework help
~ Ignite Your Faith
The new magazine from Campus Life
3. FORGETTABLE FACT
Regardless of the day of the week, Veterans Day is observed on November 11.
4. POTENT QUOTABLES
“Heaven is not here, it’s There. If we were given all we wanted here, our hearts would settle for this world rather than the next. God is forever luring us up and away from this one, wooing us to Himself and His still invisible Kingdom, where we will certainly find what we so keenly long for.”
– Elisabeth Elliot
“The Bible talks plentifully about joy, but it nowhere talks about a ‘happy Christian.’ Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not. Remember, Jesus Christ had joy, and He prays ‘that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.'”
– Oswald Chambers
5. PARTING SHOT
Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget.

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