September 02, 2013"Ho! Ho! Ho?"
If you're planning to make a trip to Costco soon, you might want to haul out your jacket, muffler and gloves, because, apparently, Christmas is here! If you're like me, you didn't get the memo. Since I am sitting here writing this in shorts and a tank top, sweltering in 94-degree weather, I'm not sure I would have believed the memo anyway. Besides, how can anyone be thinking about Christmas? I haven't even bought my first bag of Halloween candy yet! Or the bag I will have to buy to replace it, after having devoured the first one, even after vowing I was only going to eat "one" piece. (Can anyone relate?)
I know and understand (on a cerebral level) Costco's actions. Having always been an event planner, I know well the concept of thinking ahead to get things done. Being married to a man who spent a career in sales and marketing, I strive to be the first one to have the upcoming holiday merchandise available for sale. However, being one who also likes to "enjoy the moment," I have to admit it bothers me a little. As one who tends to be a few steps behind on what's "in" I can get a little frustrated. I mean, the kids are back in school, the days are getting shorter and I am just now getting down to my "swimsuit weight" for summer!
I don't want to imply that I have never succumbed to the hype of buying early, I have! After all, buying early can have its advantages, at least for the retailer. But buying early for me usually means one of the following: 1) By the time the holiday rolls around, I forgot where I hid the stuff! 2) It went on a huge sale just days after I bought it; 3) I see something I like better later; which leads to 4) — and the industry's favorite! — I buy the new item and wind up giving both the new AND earlier items to the recipient.
So I was thinking …
If we allow the marketplace to be our guide to happiness, it would be very easy to get discouraged and depressed because the only way we can "keep up" is to forget today and focus on tomorrow. Of course, you will NEVER be able to keep up because there will always be another holiday around the corner that you are already late for. So, for real peace and joy, "buy" into the teaching of Jesus—to focus on today. If we truly follow Him, every day can be like Christmas.
Give us today our daily bread. Matthew 6:11
(Jesus said) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:31-34
©2013 Phyllis Knight