I heard a great story last week that you need to hear. Every time I meet with Mark Carter, a young professional friend of mine, he has a story from the marketplace. This one was classic.
Mark was driving through the drive-thru of a national burger chain. When they handed him his food, the worker at the window cheerfully said, “happy holidays!” Most of us would simply say “you too.” Not Mark. Being a very intentional marketplace Christian, Mark casually replied, “I’m curious, why do you say happy holidays instead of merry Christmas?” The young girl, being caught a bit off guard by the question said, “well, that’s just our policy. You know, we don’t want to offend anyone.”
Without being rude or pushy, Mark’s response was classic. “Well, I’m a Christian and that offends me.”
I’m not trying to start a debate about companies replacing Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays. But Mark’s story was a powerful reminder to me that even in the marketplace, without Jesus, there is no “happy holiday.” If you are a follower of Christ, December 25th is your holiday! It’s a holy day to celebrate the birth of the man who gives us hope.
So for the next 15 days, each time you walk into the marketplace, be proud of your holiday. When you say “Merry Christmas”, say it with pride and meaning and purpose.