Day 21 – December 21

1221As we get closer to Christmas Day, we not only get excited for the holidays, we also get rushed. And tired. And irritable. And impatient.

Today, serve someone you come in contact with by being patient.

Let someone in your traffic lane, even if it means you have to sit an extra cycle at the stoplight.

Recognize that all of the people out rushing around are doing the same things you are–trying to get their holiday preparations done. Since they are just like you, show them some mercy.

And remember, the person taking your exchange after you stood in line for way too long: they have been doing this all day long. Be patient with them and show some cheer and love.

But the fruit of the Spirit is … patience. (Galatians 5.22)

 

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Day 20 – December 20

1220Fill a box or bag with toys or clothes and donate it to a local charity that gives away these items for free. Here are some options:

•The Blessing Center at Greenlawn Church of Christ (website)

•The Lubbock Dream Center (website)

•The Salvation Army (1111 16th Street, website)

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9.7)

 

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Day 19 – December 19

1219Increase your awareness of opportunities to serve others today. As a family, perhaps over that dinner you share together (see yesterday’s post), make a family thankful list. Ask yourself the following questions:

What are we thankful for?

How have we seen God work in our lives over this past year?

How do these items make us more willing to share our thankfulness with others?

Take your list and post it on the refrigerator door so that you will see it every day.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good. He love endures forever. (Psalm 136.1.)

Other Ideas

•If someone or something someone has done is on your list, then you can serve them by sending them a card or note thanking them for their service to you.

 

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Day 18 – December 18

1218Let your family discover the joy of serving one another through helping with everyday tasks.

Let everyone in the family pitch in to make dinner–from selecting what you eat, to preparing it, to cleaning up after the meal is over.

Be sure to enjoy your time together and use it as an opportunity to enjoy the blessings of having food and the ability to enjoy the company that is shared over a meal.

Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up into heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. … They all ate and were satisfied. (Mark 6.41-42.)

Other Ideas

•Invite someone to come and eat the meal you have prepared as a family. Be sure to spend time in blessing one another around the table, including your guests. Honor them through your hospitality and the way you include them during this special time.

•Make more than your family will be able to eat, perhaps double the recipe. Then take the extra food to someone else who may be in need, or perhaps just someone you want to encourage and bless through this food.

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Day 17 – December 17

1216“Music hath charms to sooth a savage beast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.” William Congreve

Music can often address emotional and spiritual needs that words cannot. It can provide a moment of healing that we cannot seem to find in any other way.

Each of us have songs that we love to listen to, that encourage us. Why not share those songs with someone else. Maybe it is as simple as telling someone about a song or maybe you want to purchase a CD for someone, but however you do it, let them know those songs that mean so much to you in order to encourage them, as well.

David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better. (1 Samuel 16.23)

Other Ideas

•iTunes and other online music stores have an option to gift a song to someone. When you come across a song that means a lot to you, gift it to someone else, along with a note as to why it means so much to you.

•If you do not have a specific song or album in mind, give and iTunes gift card (or other online music store) to allow someone to pick their own song(s).

 

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Day 16 – December 16

1215Pull out your note cards or stationary again and write letters to soldiers.

Here’s an easy way to do so: Go to Operation Gratitude’s website, click on the “Write Letters” link (under the “Get Involved” menu or click here), read the simple instructions, print out the donor form, and start writing.

This is something all ages can participate in: write, draw, and color.

We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1.4)

 

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Day 15 – December 15

Sometimes the circumstances in the world around you dictate the best opportunity you have for service.

Many of you have heard or read about the crisis in Aleppo, Syria, with civilians being trapped by the fighting. Those refugees who have been able to flee have done so with nothing. It has been estimated that 75,000 have fled from this area since Sunday with no place to go and no food to eat. You can read more about their situation here.

Today, if you would like to help serve those in need in Aleppo, may I suggest you go to the following website–Preemptive Love Coalition–and consider making a donation?

Sure, it is the Christmas season and we spend most of our time thinking about the gifts we will give loved ones. Perhaps this is the season to give a gift for those who need it the most.

At the present time your plenty will supply what they need… (2 Corinthians 8.14)

 

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Day 14 – December 14

1214For most of us, our pace of life is so busy, we rarely have time to be fully in the moment with others. Because of this, there are many around us who are lonely and discouraged.

Stop and spend just a few minutes, 30 minutes over a cup of coffee perhaps, being fully present with someone, especially someone who may be needing some encouragement.

Turn off your phone, forget about your next appointment, talk little and listen lots. Just be with that person.

Recalling your tears, I long to see you. (2 Timothy 1.4)

Other Ideas:

•If you are with multiple people, each of you put your phone in the middle of the table. First one to grab their phone buys.

•You might think of several questions–all focused on someone else–to help focus you on being fully present with them. Make sure they are questions that cause you to listen more than you talk.

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Day 13 – December 13

1213Call you parents or your grandparents. (You might also choose to call your children or grandchildren.)

Tell them how much you love them, what their lives have meant to you, and why you are thankful for them.

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1.3)

Other Ideas:

•You could also put this in writing, so they can read and reread your words.

•And in this tech-savvy world we live in, you might think about doing this in video form.

We encourage you to return daily for more opportunities to serve others during these 31 Days of Service. We also encourage you to share your own ideas of service as well as the times of service you and your family perform. You can use the comment section below or tag us in social media using: #sp31days

Day 12 – December 12

1212Smile.

Smile again.

Be kinder than necessary.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Colossians 3.12)

Other Ideas:

•Practice “Random Acts of Kindness.” Be nice to someone just for the sake of being nice.

•If you can, be nice to someone anonymously, without letting anyone know what you are up to.

We encourage you to return daily for more opportunities to serve others during these 31 Days of Service. We also encourage you to share your own ideas of service as well as the times of service you and your family perform. You can use the comment section below or tag us in social media using: #sp31days