So as we were perusing the 4th of July section at the maaht*, my eldest daughter gets a horrified look on her face and screams in disbelief. “Daddy, these are red, white, and blue pinatas! Pinatas are from Mexico! How can we have pinatas for our holiday?”
I quickly explained that people will sell anyone anything for any amount specifically because we live in a free country due to the 4th of July. I then went on to explain the relationship between buyer and seller in a free marketplace. I am pretty sure that sentence doesn’t make sense but that’s ok cause she’s 6 and wasn’t interested anyway. She then screamed again…”Daddy, they even say Mexico on them!” I looked to where her finger was pointing and sure enough, on a sticker, ON the stars and stripes pinata…it said Mexico. She was not impressed! Shame on you walmart* or is it supposed to go in front *walmart. Eh, either way there new setup is dumb. If you are going to the junk store to buy something…at least have a good selection of junk to pick from. They have shaved their selection to the point that it isn’t even worth going in anymore…ok off topic.
Pinata…can you believe it? Mexican pinatas for the 4th? I better not find any of you using one…I don’t even care if they are full of skittles…I’ll tell my daughter on you. Save it for May 5th!
A recent post from a friend found here, got me thinking about terms that grow in popularity only to eventually disappear into the ancient evangelical vernacular. How many terms have we used over the years that once were the future of the church? That was on my mind as I was recently reading a book given to me a while ago. I have been taking my time working my way through this book, and Ihave found that pace to be quite beneficial. I came to realize that community is not just a buzz word for Christians. How often have we heard the term community used in the recent months/years specifically in regards to the elections? It’s something to think about. How are you connected to your community? Here is the quote that specifically got me thinking.
Family, unity and community are the key words. But be careful. Christians aren’t the only ones using them. Have you noticed that many people are getting tired of individualism and self-focus? Self-interest, self-worth, self-esteem, what’s in it for me, the “me” generation, unbridled introspection and personal analysis-we are finally ready for a change. Individualism is out. From a strictly pragmatic perspective, we have found that individualism doesn’t work. As an antidote, the new buzz word is community. The problem is that unless there is a radical change in the way we see God, ourselves, and others, community will become just another strategy for us to feel better about ourselves. It will relieve the loneliness, and we will feel more “connected,” but if we pursue community for self-fulfillment rather than God’s glory, the community movement will simply be a passing fad. – Edward T. Welch.