Somebody woke up this morning in tears because they couldn’t afford any of the black Friday sales. You just celebrated Thanksgiving with family and were fed yet you’re still down. You have a place to sleep, healthy kids, TV to watch yet you’re still down. Oh no, you’re not upset because you got bad news from the doctor, your lights are off, car won’t work or death has knocked at your door yet you’re crying because you don’t have money to shop. Are you serious, really? You’d rather stand in a line, in front of a store, wrapped up trying to stay warm just to get pushed and shoved for an $8 toaster or blender when Wal-Mart will have 30 of them next week for $9.99? You’re upset because you want to get that new Xbox game for your son but he’s failing at school. You’re upset because you can’t afford the new cell phone your daughter wants yet she won’t even clean up her room after asking 12 times. Chile, cut it out! If I stopped ten people coming out of Best Buy and asked them if they got what they came for, all of them would probably say no. So why are you rushing to spend money you don’t have anyway? You rather put yourself into debt that’ll take you half of next year to get out off and for what? I don’t think standing in a check-out line for 2 hours is worth the sale price of any item and I’ve never had the desire to get pushed and shoved for a few dollars off anything.
Oh but I wonder how much greater our worship, praise and service to God would be if we dedicated time to God like we do for Black Friday? I mean, you’ll put in a vacation day for this day but you wouldn’t dare miss work for Sunday worship. Haven’t you read Matthew 6:19 that say “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal?” Then may I suggest you slow down and get your priorities straight because Christmas isn’t about the gifts under the tree, the tree nor the decorations and we need to get back to the true meaning of it. Stop taking the Christ out of Christmas because He’ll be the one you’re calling on afterwards when the money is gone. I am not saying don’t spend the money you’ve worked hard for but if you know you can’t afford to then be realistic. There are plenty of ways to give gifts without spending every dime in your pocket and if you honestly look around, there is probably not much your kids need anyway. Be smart this holiday season and get back to the real reason for it because Matthew 6:20 says “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.” Simply because the blessings and the joy that God has waiting for you can’t be taken away and you don’t have to wait until Black Friday to get it!