Black Friday or Act Friday?
Post # 987
Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old, shared a little of what he is good at doing.
Last year I spent the hours recovering from my Thanksgiving turkey coma, wondering “so…..what do I do tomorrow?”. You see, for most people, Black Friday shopping has become almost a religious experience. They plan their strategy and they attack….often with more efficiency that most military troops can boast. But not our family! We avoid the stores like the plague! And it was my wish that you all might just consider the other opportunities available for you to embrace today, with a less jaundiced eye. Isn’t it time we live the meaning….the true meaning….of what this season heralds for man? This idea led me to write the post I did for November 23rd of last year, which was Black Friday, 2012.
Thought For The Day 11/23/12
Now that you’ve eaten your fill of your Thanksgiving Dinner and those neatly wrapped leftovers are at the ready for the requisite hot turkey open-faced sandwich planned for tonight’s dinner, what will you be doing with the rest of today? Will you have been like the nearly 160 million other people throughout the country, hovering around the entrance of your local retail establishment in the wee hours of the morning like a plague of locusts hovers over crops just before annihilating the plants? Did you even wait that long given the new retail lure of Thanksgiving Day shopping? Are you guilty of trampling over the guy next to you to grab the last of the $1000.00 computers which they are offering for $250.00? Mark my words and listen to the wisdom of Mamma Mandy who learned some very valuable advice from my own mother more years ago than I care to remember….”If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
The hook has been baited by retail establishments. You are already in the door the moment you discover that the quantity of $250.00 computers that are available is 2 not 200! So before you become a Black Friday “Humbug”, why not consider avoiding the mall entirely, and instead, think about establishing a new family tradition to kick off the Christmas season? Why not embrace the true reason for the season and change “Black Friday” into “Act Friday”!
I actually was patting myself on the back thinking I had come up with perfect thing to light that inner fire of inspiration within your hearts, only to discover that churches actually encouraged something similar in 2010 called “Bless Friday”. And identical to the intent begun by those churches, I want to encourage you to take a moment and give some thought as to what God expects of us as we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Savior of the World! How about beginning the holiday season by thinking about service to others? And what better way can there be than to do something to banish hunger or want or despair that has become an epidemic, albeit an invisible one, in our communities here in the United States and throughout the world.
Now I am not going to make any specific suggestions this morning. I would much rather you search your own heart to discover just where it is leading you. However, I do want to remind you that you are all intimately familiar with that miracle of miracles…..the internet. You are, after all, reading my post here thanks to the information highway that has become a part of your everyday existence in this, the 21st century! So why don’t you let your fingers do the walking across the keyboard or even across your very own yellow pages for some ideas of places that might need your help? The possibilities are endless!
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever.
1 Peter 4:10-11 ESV
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