Sarah Davis is the spotlight this week for our Ordinary Teens, Extraordinary Things series. Read on to learn more about Sarah and her dedication to service in our community.
Parish: Saint Vincent de Paul
In my parish, St. Vincent de Paul, I help with Parish School of Religion (PSR), Hot Meals, and any other opportunities they offer for me to help with. I’ve participated in other parishes’ activities such as the March for Life with Blessed Sacrament, and volunteering to help with my school’s Dinner Auction.
What does service mean to you? How does your involvement in your parish and community foster a stronger relationship with Jesus?
To me, service is an opportunity to share my time, talents, faith and knowledge to help create a better community, whether it be participating in a group or as an individual, whether it’s helping many people accomplish a large task, or helping to make one person’s day better.
Service means finding something you love to do and figuring out a way to help people with it. Service can also mean doing tasks you are not all that fond of, but you know that you just made someone’s life a little easier. Some days service is helping someone write and send Valentine’s Day cards other times it can mean carrying logs for someone who no longer can so that they can heat their home.
If you enjoy the activity, then service is a reward in itself. When you perform a service you teach yourself and others patience, love and responsibility. My involvement in the parish, and surrounding parishes’ activities, fosters a stronger relationship with Jesus because I’m doing as He asks. He proclaims in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” I am blessed to have been given a fantastic Catholic education since pre-school, and I feel it is my duty to give back to the community that has supported me over the years. I pray that my involvement inspires others to seek Him and to follow in His footsteps.