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Luke 12:15 – Is Black Friday Synonymous with Greed?

Luke 12 15 HCSB Black FridayI know there are many people who consider Black Friday shopping as part of their Thanksgiving traditions. They eagerly look forward to it, planning out their lists and looking at all the advertised Black Friday deals. Last year, people were camped outside of the Target near our  house trying to get the best deal. I’m not one of those people. You might find me doing some Black Friday/Cyber Monday online shopping, but if I get out today for the purposes of shopping, it won’t be until the afternoon when the Black Friday madhouse is done. Traditionally for us, today is putting up the Christmas decorations day. My sister and I go to mom’s and help her with her tree and then my son, daughter, and I will put ours up at our house. We’ll have some Thanksgiving leftovers and if it happens to be cold outside, end the day with hot chocolate with whipped cream on top. We’ll play the Christmas play list and just enjoy spending time with one another. And for me, that is the best way to spend today.

In one way, I find it sad that just yesterday we were being thankful for all God has provided and done in our lives. But today on Black Friday, the monster of greed rules the day. Yesterday our focus was on the abundant blessings – today its on what we don’t have (and probably truly don’t need). Will your child’s Christmas be ruined because you didn’t get that item at the Black Friday sale? If so, then it might be time to teach them Luke 12:15 and to self-evaluate what silent messages you’re teaching your kids about the true meaning of Christmas. It might be time for a change of focus from material possessions and greed to celebrating the birth of our Savior.

Jesus warned in Luke 12:15 that we should be on guard and watchful against all greed. Our lives should not be wrapped up and exist in the material possessions we own. Instead, we need to recognize that our lives – our eternal lives – exist through faith in Christ. Christmas is celebrating Jesus’ birth – not that you got the Black Friday deal so your kid or spouse could have something they really don’t need, will eventually outgrow or become bored with and then discard it. Eternal life through Christ is just that – eternal. Giving your children the gift of knowing the Savior lasts forever.

If you do enjoy Black Friday shopping and your brave enough to go out today, then treat others with kindness as you are out and be sure that you are being an example of Christ.

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Two leaping plaid reindeer set the theme for this design with mistletoe nestled between them. While we could have simply said, “Merry Christmas,” it’s so much more fun to say, “Have a holly, jolly Christmas.”
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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants. Today, Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

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