Pastor Bob Metheny Assistant Pastor Barb Combs
Just Do it
The Wal-Mart Atlanta Boulevard store in Canton, Ohio, made news several weeks ago by spearheading a drive to gather food by their employees. The management of the store set a Thanksgiving table in the employee lounge with empty boxes on the chairs around the table so employees could bring food for fellow employees who would not be able to afford a Thanksgiving Day dinner. Kay Lumberg, Wal-Mart spokesperson for the store, says this decision was made at the store level “ as part of a company culture to rally around associates and take care of them when they are facing extreme hardship.”
The story has been a public relations nightmare for Wal-Mart when cell phone pictures of the empty plastic bins have been in stark contrast to the latest television commercials depicting Wal-Mart’s generosity to its employees.
The story is a Thanksgiving-Christmas contradiction. Last year Wal-Mart incorporated had a net income of $17.2 billion but asks its employees to give food to its employees who will not be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner. Why doesn’t Wal-Mart “just do it” (to take a mantra from Nike).
Yet, does not this “Christmas contradiction” mirror we who come to celebrate our Lord’s birth? As Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy and it is us.”
We lament over keeping “Christ in Christmas,” the holiday dither, our long to-do and shopping lists. Then we worry about getting the right gift, shopping, hanging the lights, getting off greetings, and eating to much at parties and family get-togethers.
We have the wonderful gift of the story of God’s love in Jesus coming to us as a baby born in a manger and we go spiritually hungry. We have the resources but not the right focus.
In Nike (Greek god of Victory) words, “just do it.”
STOP - Focus on what is important
LOOK - Behold the presence of God all around you
LISTEN -Hear the story of God’s love inJesus through scripture, worship,
Cure the Christmas contradiction!
JUST DO IT.