So this Christmas season, I was a proud ringing ding-a-ling for the Salvation Army. I rang mostly at my local Walmart, and let me tell you, oh the things you see.
I saw toddlers and people probably in their 80s and everyone in between drop money into the bucket. It was an interesting time to reflect on how people deal with the Christmas season. Mostly what I saw was people who were in such a rush. What are we rushing to do that can’t wait? Spend money? I literally saw some people every single day come into Walmart. Granted here in Coshocton, Ohio there’s not a lot to do, but come on folks, is this really where you want to go everyday (don’t get me wrong I shop at Walmart too)? Don’t you have family you can (and probably should be) spending time with? If not, can’t you find a place other than Walmart (like a Community or Senior Center)?
We’re in such a hurry. Have to buy. Have to wrap. Have to send. Have to go, go, go. Have to cook, have to bake, have to make. But the only thing we really HAVE to do at Christmas is worship the new born King and be with the one’s we love the most (or even be with the one’s you might not like so much).
But this Christmas season, I had the chance to reflect on what the holiday is really about and about my relationship with Christ. It’s like the Salvation Army says, “Doing the most good”. As we worship and celebrate the birth of Christ, we should be doing the most good.
What does that look like? It looks like this: Adopting a family for Christmas (my church adopted two families), taking the time to visit someone who doesn’t have anybody, stopping and telling someone Merry Christmas or Happy New Year. It looks like helping others, being kind and generous. It looks like sharing the peace that passes all understanding with someone else. THAT is doing the most good.
So from my son and me: Hope you had a great Christmas, and that the coming new year would be a blessed, blessed, blessed one.