Christmas Break Advice Featured

Written by  Jack Frederick -- Atlanta, GA, USA Wednesday, 21 December 2016 22:44

jack frederickI wrote this for the campus students but it might benefit the rest of us as well...

It’s Christmas time, campus!! What are your plans? 

It’s time to have fun, no homework & no classes, time for family and to draw close to God. Going home there are opportunities to show love & kindness to your parents & siblings, but this will not happen if you just fall back into your old habits. More than anyone our families should see the changes knowing God makes in our lives. We grew up with our family, we often take one another for granted and treat one another with less consideration than we treat others. Over the years we can come to view one another through the usual glasses, not giving them the chance to grow and change for the better. I don’t know about you, but I really need people to let me grow and become different from the way I used to be. Here’s some advice from the bible for making time at home with mom & dad and everyone else a fun & beneficial experience.

Be thoughtful & encouraging – pray about this. Practice. Consider what they like. Build them up. There is plenty of good things to find about most anyone. They may be shocked; it’s OK, but don’t let that shake your resolve. Memorize Ephesians 4:29, put this in your hearts; I doubt there is a more practical verse in the bible for interacting with others.

Do the dishes. Clean up your room. Ask mom & dad what you can do to help; “whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matt 20:26). Ask what things they would like to do together during the holidays, seek to “become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor 9:22).

Ask family members if they might like to read the bible with you and pray together? Paul says faith comes by hearing the word of God (Romans 10:17), this is true whether the person is religious or an atheist…it’s true because God says it’s true…the grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord stands forever. (Isa 40:8, 1 Peter 1:24-25). The ‘laws of physics’ morphed from Newton to Einstein, but the word of God is way more reliable than gravity.

Notice people around you. Over the years you may have unconsciously ‘labeled’ your mom & dad or siblings. Get to know them. Ask questions. It’s always better to ‘ask’ than to ‘tell’, asking demonstrates humility. Be genuine. Turn off the TV and your phone.

Look at the way Jesus noticed people and talked with them in the New Testament. He took time in the home of Mary & Martha, individuals who came to him about their sick children or servants, lepers, prostitutes, generals, all kinds of people.

Look around for people where you live whom you might help. Help the poor, visit the sick, go to a nursing home; some of your family might want to go with you, they might wonder why you’ve changed to do kind things…good.

Stay close to God. Stay close to one another. Keep in touch. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday time, I love you guys – Jack

Jack is the Deacon of Southeast Missions in the North River Church of Christ in Atlanta, Georgia.

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