Make a list—and check it twice

Christmas is a popular time for lists.

Children are making their wish gift lists. Parents are making to-do and to-buy lists. Even Santa is making his list—and checking it twice.

I think we should be making another list too. A list of people who need Jesus—and, therefore, need you!

At Christmas, we see the baby Jesus in the manger and know that he “did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28). He spent his life serving—healing the sick, crying with the hurting, bringing the dead to life, feeding the hungry, comforting the sad, washing his disciples’ feet. Then, after giving his life for us and rising from the dead, he went back to heaven and gave us the awesome privilege of doing these same things for others in his name.

So while you’re crossing off all the things on your other lists, take a few minutes to make a list of three people whom you will make a tangible effort to serve and love this Christmas. (I have no idea why I chose three. Feel free to choose five. Or ten. Or one.)

Need an idea? Consider . . . 

the coworker whose mother just died. 

your neighbor who recently got divorced.

the person who sits in the cafeteria with you.

your family members.

the teenager who seems to be struggling.

the new parents who are exhausted.

your friend who heard bad news at the doctor. 

the barista who gets your coffee every morning.

the cashier you always see at the grocery store.

your doctor or chiropractor or massage therapist. 

the security officer at work.

your coworker who borrowed $5 and never paid you back.

the people at your gym.

your mail carrier.

your Muslim neighbor.

the inmates at the local prison.

the heating and air employee who just fixed your furnace.

Now that you have your list, ask yourself what good deeds might God have prepared in advance for you to do. How can you serve others? What ways can you reach out to them, listen to them, and encourage them with the love and good news of Jesus?

You don’t have to list their names in the comments. But I’d love to hear which people you are thinking of and how you will serve them!

 

Linda Buxa is a writer and editor who loves making lists. Sometimes she’ll even add a task she just completed to her list simply so she can cross it off. 

 

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