“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 (HCSB)
Guest post by Charity Walker
I had already bought my things. I don’t drive yet, so I sat and waited on a bench near the checkout. I’m not really a talk-to-everybody kind of person so I put my head down “looking” in my bag (this shows my lack of knowledge…I bought that stuff, I should know what’s in it!). Out of the corner of my eye I see him. He’s in his seventies, hunched over his walker and slowly making his way over. I take my bag off the seat making room for him. It’s not that I wanted to, but I was always taught manners and respect for older people. He asked to sit, I nodded and smiled. His face was rough and lined with wrinkles. As he sat hunched and breathing hard, I saw it. It was on his face and in his eyes…loneliness. He started a conversion, telling me this and that…”oh, he’s lonely, no doubt”, I thought as he chatted away. I thought about how this looked in the eyes of other people in the store. A picture of an old man and a fourteen year old sitting side by side on a bench startled me. So I pushed myself and my timid ways away and engaged him in conversion. As I walked away I felt guilty…not for talking to him…but for NOT talking to all those people that are lonely and lost. It doesn’t HAVE to be a person in Wal-Mart…OR a homeless person, even though that’s a good thing. It could be that girl in school by herself in the corner…or an older person that’s struggling with their bags…or that little kid, swinging by themselves. These all have the same problem…God is waiting for YOU to make that out-of-the-box step. He wants you to be brave and help those people see Jesus through you. So to make this cool and exciting, I’m challenging you to do the “12 days of Christmas” challenge. Do Things that make other people feel the love of Jesus. And to help I’ve put together a list of ideas:
- Make a Christmas card for an older person.
- Buy coffee for a co-worker.
- Make a point to write to your Aunt that you don’t see.
- Ring bells for Salvation Army.
- Work the soup kitchen this Christmas.
- Comment on how wonderful someone’s kids are in the store.
- Visit a nursing home. (Joyfully PLEASE!)
- Ask a young mom to help with her kids sometime.
- Sweep and mop a room your mom hates to do.
- Make cookies (or buy) for someone who is not-so-festive.
- Ask to help backstage for the children’s play.
- Help a little one with “that super hard” math problem.
But of course please make your own list…these are just ideas. The main thing is to show JOY and JESUS when you do them. 1 John 4:7 says “Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. The person who loves has become God’s child and knows God.” If you have a relationship with Christ…YOU SHOULD SHOW IT! When you help someone you are helping further the kingdom of God. Share this with your friends and ask them to do the challenge with you!