Wednesday, December 05, 2007

IN RESPONSE: part 3 (iii).

3. Waiting in line and making new friends. When waiting in line for so long with other people you just end up chatting and sharing stories. One of the ladies in front of me, while waiting in line at Target, made a Starbucks run at 5am and surprised me with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. I was very appreciative and was able to return the favor around 5:30am, when they held my place in line and I ran to a nearby McDonalds to use the restroom. I returned with a bag of hash browns and we all enjoyed an early breakfast snack.

OK, waiting in line to make friends on Black Friday is as good as putting a coffee shop in every church gathering place's lobby, vestibule, narthex, atrium, foyer, etc. Must we make such excuses to form relationship? I am all for relationship and even while standing in line, however, I do not find successful justification for consumption here. Now the rest of the story is wonderful except for the fact that I throw up in my mouth at the thought of McDonalds. And who buys hot chocolate from Starbucks?

2 comments:

Lee Y said...

First, McDonald’s breakfast….good stuff. You may not like it, but there are a few other people in the world that would agree with me that hash browns are good. Second, the Starbucks hot chocolate was a safe decision made by a person who was doing something nice for a person they didn’t know. They didn’t know if I liked coffee or not…and even if I did, they wouldn’t know if took it black, with cream, sugar, sweetener, decaf, regular, etc. Most people like hot chocolate, it’s the vanilla ice-cream of hot beverages. By the way, it tasted very good. As for the whole making friends thing, it wasn’t justification for consumption, it just so happens that while I was waiting to buy something I had the opportunity to hang out with some folks that I had never met before and enjoyed our time together.

Ryan Schmitz said...

Not to mention it is written in Mark 25:11 If you scratchth my back, I will therefore scratchth your back in return (RMSV).

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."