I while back I was at the venerable store, Sears. They were having a huge sale from 7 AM to 11 AM. I was sent there by my wife to buy some new towels for our kid’s bathroom. After scouting out and purchasing the towels that she wanted, I made my way toward the reason why I didn’t complain about going to the store to buy towels. It just so happened that the sale was store-wide, and Sears is well known for their hardware.
There I was in the seat of earthly male bliss! It was a glorious time! They even had special lighting for all of their drills and saws. I thought I was at a well-lit smorgasbord! It was almost humorous as I stood there looking at some tools that I would love to have someday. I heard wives pulling their husbands along with, “We didn’t come here to look at tools!” and “Come on honey!”
As I was standing there, salivating over a set of tools, another fellow engaged me about which of three sets was a better buy. I had never met the fellow before, but in the midst of the tool department at Sears, hey, we’re brothers! After an in-depth discussion about the needs that he was trying to fill, we together decided that the cheaper set would do him just fine. He even went around the corner, picked up the box, and brought it back to me to confirm that he had made the right choice. If he only knew…I didn’t work there!
The tools at Sears, Home Depot, Menards or Lowes, they have a way of bringing a sense of camaraderie among like-minded individuals, connecting us through the tools we use and want to have. We love the new ideas they bring us, not to mention the opportunity to engage in some household project that our spouses might have for us, thereby validating our hardware wants and purchases. And so, the like-minded tool and hardware lovers everywhere, are bound together by the commonality of desiring something that makes things a little easier at times.
One of the key aspects of the Christian life that binds us together around the world is the peace that we have in our hearts because Jesus came to this earth 2,000 years ago. And yes, that fact does make life a little – to a lot easier at times…
What are commonalities to that connect your life to another? If you are a Christ-follower, what aspects of your life bind you with other Christ-followers? What matters most as you head into this Christmas season of reflecting on the coming of the Christ child?