When I heard TJ Maxx was coming to El Dorado, I was excited. No, not because I get kicks from shopping for clothes. Nor because I see myself going in a lot (unless they have great sweater vests – just kidding Katie – I am getting over it. . . sort of). I was excited because that meant another good, quality store for El Dorado. Though it’s not Chick-Fil-A (yet!), it is still movement in the right direction and great for our city.
But when I heard the grand opening was on a Sunday morning, I wasn’t so excited. In fact, it fired me up a bit. I pulled out my Tasmanian Devil voice and went off for a few minutes. “Why not Saturday morning? Or Friday morning? It’s summertime! The kids aren’t in school yet for crying out loud! Why not any other time??? Sunday morning? Come on! Don’t they know that people are gonna go to the Grand Opening and probably skip chu. . . ”
Then it hit me.
Why wouldn’t they open up on Sunday morning???
So many aren’t coming to church anyway. And many who do go to church love an excuse not to go. Why not plan a Grand Opening when the most people would come?
It’s the church’s.
I can’t help but believe the decision of the TJ Maxx people to open up the store in El Dorado is more of a commentary on the church than it is a commentary on any kind of ‘rude indecency’ of a clothing store establishment.
I don’t blame TJ Maxx. I blame people like me.
I can get mad at local and secular establishments all I jolly well want to. But until God’s people (me!) repent of going through the motions of church on Sunday morning and beg God to come and make His presence known among His people in powerful and supernatural and glorious and life-changing ways, we can hang it up (no pun intended).
Seriously, we can.
People go to a clothing story to get what? Clothes.
People go to a burger joint to get what? Burgers.
People go to a gas pump to get what? Gas.
People go to a pizza place to get what? Pizza.
People go to a church to get what? GOD.
When local establishments deliver on their promises more than the church does, where do we think the town is going to go on Sundays?
Would you please join me in praying for the Spirit of God to descend mightily on His people again?
Would you pray there come a day soon when the idea of having a Grand Opening on Sunday morning would not even be a thought? Not because owners and managers ‘straighten up,’ but because Sundays are known for when God meets powerfully with His people and magnificently changes lives?
The ‘higher ups’ at TJ Maxx aren’t the ones who need to repent. I don’t blame them. I probably would have done the same thing were I in their shoes. I am the one who needs to repent. . . and pray TJ Maxx is very successful in El Dorado . . . on Monday – Saturday.