Be present in today.
Our calendars tell us that one year has passed and another one is upon us. Do you become preoccupied with what you’ve done or didn’t do last year? Do you look forward to what might be ahead or dread the things that you know are coming?
Be present in today.
God is with us. Let us be with him.
I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t reflect or have vision. I am just wondering how much our lives become consumed with that which is not now. How much do you think about the past? How much do you think about the future? How much do you think about now – your current existence? Live in it.
Be present in today.
Hurry! Make all your purchases today! … uh.. err… yesterday. Yesterday was FREE shipping day! I missed it. Dang! If only I would have gotten free shipping on all the things I need to buy then I could have bought THAT… MUCH… MORE!
Isn’t it sad that we think like this? I am not suggesting that we frivolously go spending our money without a single care about the responsible use of the green and plastic in our pockets and handbags. If a purchase is necessary for an item that is needed (redundancy intended for emphasis) then I always look for the best price or attempt to have the best timing for a purchase to get “a better deal.” If I buy something just because it’s a good deal am I being responsible at all? And how often does that happen this time of year for so many of us?
That’s the whole point of Black Friday.
“If we can just sucker these suckers into the store because of a few good deals on something they think they need, then we can throw a few more average ‘deals’ out there where they have to see it and they won’t be able to resist.”
And how much do we add stress and dysfunction to our lives thinking, “This is my last chance to get something for this person!” or “I have to hurry and think of something to buy… and I just don’t know what to get!”
What if we spent as much time thinking of creative ways to serve others? To invest our time in relationship? To create? To love? Love in a manner that does not involve our addictions to consumption.
One idea: Give life. Give the financial ability for loving families to adopt children. If interested, please Click the ADOPTION DONATION link HERE or the button in the far right hand column. Your entire gift will be designated to our adoption fund.
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It comes down to this: What story are you going to embrace? The story of the popular culture? Or THE story? What’s your new tradition for Christmas? How will you celebrate the coming of God to earth in the person of Jesus? He offered salvation and freedom. How about you? Will you share the same message or remain a slave to deadening consumption and commercialism?
What story are you going to embrace? The story of the popular culture? Or THE story? What’s your new tradition?
“Put the ‘Christ’ back in Christmas.” This is just one of many Facebook Groups that frustrates, agitates, and irritates me. If you are a part of a similar Group or Fan Page then I highly encourage you to “un-Group” or “un-Fan” (which seems fitting since “unfriend” is the 2009 Word of the Year). The real problem is not that the word “Christ” is substituted with an “X.” On the contrary, it is our modern, western, and commercial/consumptive adaptations of Christmas that need rethought and reformed. The ancient symbol “X” was used to represent the Christ. “X” is the letter “Chi” (pronounced Kie) which begins the Greek spelling of “christos” or what we now call “Christ.” The “X” in “X-Mas” is simply an abbreviated form of the same idea but involves an ancient representation of the person of Jesus. What if we reclaimed an “ancient” celebration of the birth of Jesus? What if we were less concerned with wrapping paper, stuffing stockings, shopping trips and what to buy? What if we ushered in a new/old way of celebrating Christmas that reflects more genuinely the person of Jesus? What would that look like?
“What do you think about Obama’s Afghanistan plan?” That was the question posed by RELEVANT magazine. “Tonight, President Obama is giving a speech detailing his new Afghanistan strategy, which includes a surge of 30,000 troops. What do you think of his plan?”
Response of Travis Keller:
“Peace is love. Violence is not. Militarization brings death… either physically or by fear. What if Afghanistan sent 30,000 troops to the U.S.?”
To contextualize my comment I will disclose that I am neither anti- or pro-Obama. I did vote for him. I would also qualify RELEVANT’s question by noting that the plan is not “his” plan but rather a plan that was developed by a team of people which includes military strategists and advisors. Additionally, I have a brother-in-law who is in the United States Air Force. My wife and I love him. He has been to Afghanistan and currently is stationed in the U.S. where he controls mechanisms on the Predator Drone planes that fly in Afghanistan.
What is your response to my response (or the original question)?