We want to equip you to take steps forward in your relationship with Jesus this Winter Break. Be sure to check out all of our other winter break resources on the blog.
Loving Others Cheerfully
As a follower and friend of Jesus, winter break is an opportunity to serve those around you instead of solely being served. Loving others cheerfully brings health and strength to our soul, and keeps our spirit alive and plugged into the kingdom mindset. Serving others cheerfully is an opportunity to stretch our own minds and motives, and examine our heart’s posture when we serve.
The way we love/serve others can differ person to person. The three main things to gauge in any potential situation are:
What are my motives?
What would make this person feel the most loved?
How will I show them Jesus in this situation?
Oftentimes the question of the best way to serve/love someone is answered after asking ourselves these three questions. Your mom may feel the most loved when you tell her you’ll wash the dishes while she takes a minute to relax. However, your highschool friend may just need someone to listen to them as they process their year over a cup of coffee. In both situations, if your motives are geared towards serving them selflessly, your heart is tuned in to Jesus and what he has to say about them, and your goal is to leave them feeling loved by not only yourself, but Jesus, it’s hard to fail.
Below are some ideas to get you started:
Take on a chore you normally wouldn't for someone else in the family.
Take a hometown friend to coffee and listen.
Take a listening prayer walk through a public place and ask Jesus for encouragements for those around you. Write out a note for them or respond in obedience as he leads you to share!
Volunteer to serve with a local ministry.
Philippians 2: 3-4 , 1 Corinthians 10: 24, Galatians 5:13