I’m not sure if I am highly entertained by the lady in the Target commercials or if I’m completely weirded out by her. Truth be told, I think it’s a little of both! It seems that she is quickly becoming a cultural icon that represents the holiday season for a lot of us who get caught up in, what can be, the overwhelming busyness of the holidays. Parties, family get-togethers, travel, decorating, shopping and musicals, all intended to add to the joy and celebration of the season, can quickly become an evil and burdensome taskmaster that sucks all of the joy and fun out of the holidays for us.
And speaking of weirded out, what about those relatives that we look forward to spending time with. Then after two hours with them we’re trying to plan our escape because they have, in record time, gotten on our very last nerve!
It seems like we humans have an incredibly twisted knack for taking things that God designed and intended to produce pleasure and fulfillment in our lives and finding ways to make them excruciatingly unbearable.
After much introspection, I think I have come up with a solution. Let’s do what we are demanding of our culture. Let’s put Christ back in Christmas! In other words, let’s be Christ-like in all we do. Let’s not give in to the lust of consumerism. Let’s remember it’s more blessed to give than receive. Let’s not try to outdo or one-up anybody in our gift giving. Let’s practice patience when we deal with other people, whether it’s the real life Target lady that cuts in front of us at the mall or obnoxious Uncle Ned who always has to one up us with his stories! Let’s serve those who probably don’t deserve it remembering that we didn’t deserve what Jesus did for us either. Let’s be the body of Christ we have been called to be so that those who don’t know him can be drawn to him.