I saw some people that I knew. Some I hadn't seen in years. That was a pleasant surprise.
I watched as some people shopped with the determination of a pit bull on a t-bone steak. They knew what they wanted, and they were going to get it. But they were not the majority. Most people were just wandering around with this, "What am I doing here?" look on their face.
I watched as one lady stood in an aisle at Wal-Mart trying to decide between choice A and choice B. She just couldn't decide. So she chose neither.
As I was standing in the check out line, I hear someone say. "Why do we have all this stuff?"
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
What is the purpose of your life? To walk around Wal-Mart or Home Depot dazed and confused? Give your holidays a reason for being. Give yourself a reason to celebrate this season.
Here are a few ideas you might try.
1 - Give. Do something totally random. Pay for the coffee of the person in front of you at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. Say Merry Christmas!
2 - Smile. All of us know that shopping is a drag. Smile like you know something they don't. They will smile back at you.
3 - Share. Tell people what you know about Christmas. Don't be a know-it-all. You might do a little research and discover the origins of the Christmas tree, or discover that the original birthday cakes were made to celebrate Jesus's birthday.
Whatever you do, don't let this season pass by just like every other one. Make it new and different.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, may your presence shine through my life into others this holiday season. AMEN