Before I could put a title to my desire to be a disciple maker in my home to my children, one thing I knew was that I wanted them to truly understand the importance of Christmas and Easter. I wanted to make sure they knew it wasn’t about a jolly old elf who could slide up and down chimneys bestowing gifts upon “good” little kids or about huge bunnies that lay plastic candy-filled eggs in your yard. I wanted them to know that these holidays were supposed to direct their attention and intentions to the God who loves them more than even I could. As my children have grown older, I find this even harder than it used to be simply because misconceptions are in the air around them.
In my attempt to make sure they remain focused; I have come up with a few things to hopefully keep them (and their parents) focused on the Lover of our souls. If we think about who Jesus was while He was here on earth in the flesh, one word that comes to mind is servant. So what better way to remind ourselves of Him than to be servants?!
Flip over to Luke 22:27,
“27 For who is greater, the one at the table or the one serving? Isn’t it the one at the table? But I am among you as the One who serves.”
Keep in mind that you’ll want to do as much of these as you can as a family. Try to avoid doing all (or most) of the preparations alone. Also, these are all things that can be done throughout the year. We don’t have to wait for the Christmas season to find a way to serve the world around us.
So here’s the list. Feel free to lump some of these together. Feel free to invite friends or family into the serving action with you.
Perhaps you’ll do one or more of these things. If you do take a picture and let us know how it went. That would be great!! Just know God honors us when we try to keep His children focused on Him. Make every effort to keep Jesus at the center of the holiday. Stand strong! Be firm! You can do this!!