Growing up, I loved watching the show “Candid Camera.” Weird situations would lead to hilarious comedy sketches. It always ended with telling people to smile they are on “Candid Camera.” This time of year many us will not smile. They are cutthroat trying to get the best holiday sale items. People are irritable and stressed to the max. Going to the grocery can be like walking into a minefield. Children’s excitement and pure joy leads to mischief with parents telling them that Santa is not going to bring them something for Christmas if they continue to misbehave. Word to the wise, we all are always on God’s candid camera. I would like to offer ways to approach the holidays this year.

Remember the Golden Rule. “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:9, New Revised Standard Version). If you do not really need a 70-inch tv, do not try to wrestle someone else for it in the middle of an aisle. Be courteous and smile when you're in stores. Church and home are not the only places where you are supposed to be polite. Be charitable. If you have been blessed financially or with time, donate to those less fortunate than you.

Be prepared to meet the CEOs (those that attend Christmas and Easter Only). This is the church’s chance to show the love of Christ. How you greet visitors now influences whether or not they will return. Remember that every child of God is part of the body of Christ. “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12, New International Version). Above all, show God’s love not only now but throughout the year. Til next week! Always 4 Christ!

Hymn of the week: “Count Your Blessings” hymn written by Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr. and music written by Edwin O. Excell in 1897.

Rev. Tritthart is a graduate of Westminster College and Rawlings Divinity School. She is an ordained minister, a public speaker, and a ministerial services provider offering assistance to Miami and the surrounding areas. She owns Tritthart Special Event Services and can be reached at (918) 919-1500 or www.Facebook.com/tritthartses or www.tritthartspecialeventservices.com.