Thursday, December 08, 2011

Christmas Break To-Do List

Below is a list of good ideas for college students to consider doing during Christmas break, a time when we are tempted to go on break from our commitment to Christ. I tailored this idea specifically for the Kats for Christ ministry.
  1. Discuss how you’ve grown spiritually this semester with at least one family member.
  2. Take one whole day alone with Jesus.
  3. Hang out with one person from high school with whom you need to reconnect.
  4. Read one book of the Bible you’ve never read before.
  5. Plug in fully to your church – volunteering, attending, going to the college ministry – even if it’s way less awesome than the Kats for Christ.
  6. Tell your parents how much you appreciate them.
  7. Pray regularly that God would make you the kind of student that glorifies Him best.
  8. Pray through your course schedule for next semester and discern whether God would have you change anything.
  9. Read one Christian book. (Ask Chris if you need ideas!)
  10. Take at least three days in a row to fully rest.
  11. Contact Chris at least once to let him know how things are going and how he can pray for you.
  12. Help your parents in some way that surprises them.
  13. Prayer walk a college campus in or near your town, even if it’s a rival school.
  14. Pray for the Kats for Christ ministry every day (and write down anything God shows you).
  15. Pray for your upcoming professors. By name.
  16. Think up ways to serve your upcoming professors.
  17. Pray through your areas of campus involvement. What needs to change?
  18. Pray through your Kats for Christ ministry involvement. What needs to change?
  19. Go through your closets at home and donate things you know you will never use anymore.
  20. Keep doing the spiritual habits you’ve developed at college – avoid skipping even once, or it’ll be hard to keep the habit all Break.
  21. Call your closest friends regularly, and keep each other on track spiritually.
  22. Connect with Christian youth in your town (or even their parents), and help them think about preparing for college.
Even though this list is for those in college, some of them remind me that I too am tempted to "go on break" from my normal commitment to Christ!

Lord, may you strength me as I get ready for Christmas break. May my mind and heart turn toward your goodness and newness offered everyday. You have made today what it is, with its struggles and triumphs. I praise you for this day! I thank you! I imagine your smile wrapping me up into your love during Christmas break. Lead me, Lord, closer to you!

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