One of the most feared phrases for last minute Christmas shoppers is,
Some Assembly Required. Its strange that in a society which craves
instant everything, more and more of what we buy comes with this dreaded
tag. Some Assembly Required. Weve gotten used to it. While we may
grumble or complain, we still buy the products because its supposed to
make them less expensive. Besides, when you do last minute Christmas
shopping, there no one who has time to put the thing together anyway.
Some Assembly Required. Thats just another way of saying, Aint
going to be any sleep for me on Christmas Eve!
If people came to us with tags on them, Im sure theyd come with the
same tag: Some Assembly Required. The friends we make and the
marriage partners we chose are all flawed almost as much as we are. Yet
for some strange reason, what we tolerate in toys, outdoor furniture,
and a host of other things, we do not tolerate in relationships.
We dont want to expend any effort to make our relationships work. They
have to be magic. We expect our friends and partners to meet OUR
needs and fulfill OUR dreams. If we dont get it, then we quit it. We
trade our current friend or partner in on a newer model. After
awhile, when euphoria of newness wears off again, we repeat the cycle.
We want instant relationshipsnone of this Some Assembly Required
stuff for us!
Deep down, however, we know these kinds of relationships are not going
to have any depth or staying power, but what can you do? After all,
isnt this how everyone else treats everyone else? NO! In Jesus, we
learn that Some Assembly IS Required with any meaningful
relationship. So lets make a gameplan to put together our relationship
in a way that is honorable and helpful and enduring!
In this special time of year, lets remember that the greatest gifts
cant be purchased or rushed. The greatest gifts are the people God
brings into our lives. They are much more important than toys, so lets
not give up on them even when Some Assembly is Required.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as
in Christ God forgave you
and live a life of love, just as Christ
loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 4:32-5:2