Yesterday our little Eve excitedly shared something she learned from her school teacher Deborah Clark, who learned it from an awesome Cub Scout Master Crystal Lowder.
SANTA = Serve And Never Tell Anyone.
When I heard it, I immediatly knew it was something special, something true. There is magic in the name of Santa. That magic comes largely from the fact that he is never seen on Christmas Eve, never caught in the act. He comes in the quiet of the night, without fanfare. His mission, his purpose, is to serve in secret.
I absolutely love this!
If the Savior were to make a birthday wish list, this kind of selfless service would likely be at the top. Jesus wants us to find ways to serve without making it about us.
How do I know this? Well, He said so! Consider the myriad of scriptures where he invites us to serve in His name. Matthew 25:40 immediately comes to mind, where the Savior explains that when we serve our fellow men, even the least of our brethren, we are only serving Him. And then there is Matthew 6:4, right in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount, where the Savior challenges us to do our service in secret. Often it is important for us to serve openly in ways that will build heart connections and relationships, but we can do so modestly, without drawing attention.
We spend hours scouring the stores and online sites for the perfect gifts for our loved ones. But Jesus, whose birthday we celebrate, makes it easy. He tells us exactly what He wants. And it sounds to me like Santa really gets it. He finds joy in serving and doing so in secret.
I know that an amazing spirit will flow into our lives as we join in the work of humble and quiet service. We can make it our mission this season to serve and never tell anyone, and to do so on behalf of our Savior.
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
*If you have time this season, read one of my all-time favorite Christmas stories about this kind of secret service. It’s called That Thine Alms May Be In Secret by George D. Durrant. I guarantee this story will bring tears to your eyes and a desire to serve in selfless ways.