Give Yourself A Gift: An Attribute for Christmas

Try-It With-Me Tuesday, an interactive weekly time and place to foster connections that challenge and encourage the process to become a well-rounded person.

Six weeks ago I challenged my early morning New Testament class to develop an attribute for Christmas. We studied the birth of Jesus Christ in Luke 2 and read about how he increased in “wisdom and stature.”

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.  Luke 2:40

“Often when we stop growing physically,” I told these high school students, “we think we stop growing, but we can always grow—emotionally, intellectually, spiritually.”

That set up my challenge to them:

First, as we study Luke, look for the attributes of Christ from his ministry and teachings.

Second, choose one attribute that you want to develop.

Third, define and describe your attribute.

Fourth, study and write about your attribute to learn more.

Fifth, set goals and make a plan to apply your attribute.

Finally, pray for help and evaluate your progress periodically.

I promised to choose an attribute with them and to give them a Christmas breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls at the end of the six weeks. Last Friday I made good on those promises. We had a beautiful breakfast, not only in a temporal sense, but in a spiritual one. After we watched a five-minute video of Luke 2, each student gave a one- or two- minute presentation on his or her attribute.

These teenagers  had the courage and conviction to speak in front of their peers about the goals they set for themselves. The best part was that these were not performance goals for athletics or academics but plans to progress in obedience, patience, faith, charity and love.

Moments like that inspire me to be better. I’m continuing to work on my own attribute. Do you want to know what it is? I’ll share that next Tuesday. In the meantime . . . Do You Want To Try the Attribute Challenge With Me?

Choose an attribute you wish to have and begin working on the steps to develop it.

If you take the challenge, I’d love to hear from you in the comments next week, on Tuesday, December 23.  Or write your own post about what you want to develop.

If you do write a post, I’d love to publish your link. Just link to this post or my site and send your permalink to me by email tj (at) tjhirst (dot) com or in the comments here before next Tuesday.

1 Comment

  1. Rachel
    Dec 18, 2008

    I have been LOVING your Christmas posts! I especially love your posting style with a short quote or scripture and a comment with a picture! So simple and elegant. I’m impressed!

    I will be trying this with you. I’m not sure what attribute I’m choosing yet though…

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