Until the last few years, I would have said that Thanksgiving was one of the only American holidays left [mostly] unscathed by rampant marketing and consumerism. These days, that’s not the case. Black Friday has crept its way all the way back into Thursday night, and now we have to face the choice to visit a little bit longer with family, or wait in line for some electronic that will never be priced so low again. If we don’t go, we miss out on something great.
Or so we believe.
I am a bargain-huntin’ kinda gal. Why pay full price when I could pay half price? It’s good stewardship of my money to get the steal, right?
But sometimes, most times, (all the time?) I don’t need it. Whatever the ad in the paper is telling me that I need, I do not. That’s the thing about Black Friday, it’s usually, mostly (always?) a big lie.
I adore Tonya of 4 Little Fergusons for her boldness and honesty. She writes:
How sad that the day after we are thankful, we indulge in a rat race of shoving, hitting, pushing and even biting to grab more “stuff”. How sad that employees leave family functions early, to drive to work so you can shop. How sad that some stores are even thinking about opening on Thanksgiving Day, as yet another day to take your money!
Black Friday may mean profit for the store, bringing them “back in the black” after a tough year, but Black Friday is DARK to me…..
A day celebrating stuff, things, materialism, greedy gimmies and more, more, MORE.
My heart is not to guilt anyone. I’m not saying that Black Friday shopping is evil or wrong. I’ve lived in guilt way too long and don’t ever want to place that on others.
It certainly is not wrong to hunt for bargains or go shopping or get a good deal. But let us step back and acknowledge that when our minds are set on getting, there isn’t much room for giving.
What I do hope and pray is that together we might step back and make purchases intentionally, consciously.
As a frugal mom, I am asking myself: is it possible that my “thriftiness” limits my generosity?
My hope and prayer is that the thrifty purchases I make for our home and family allow me to be more generous for those who need it, not less. And for me, this Black Friday, I’m finding it hard to find a deal so good that I would choose to plow through a crowd and trample some toes for; a deal so good that it’s worth more than clean water for a person that has no access to any, or more than a chance at life for a hungry baby.
For those that love Jesus, shouldn’t our lives look different?
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17
This Christmas, join mercyINK for A Merry, Meaningful Christmas of spending less and giving more. All season long, ways to get back to the heart of Christmas. I hope you’ll join me. We’re figuring it all out together.
One way to give: Change the Present.
To Give the Gift of Clean Water, click here.
To Give Life through Baby Rescue, click here.
To give a physical gift (like this necklace) to your loved ones while also making a difference, click here.
by grace… lauren