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Black Friday thoughts

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It’s Black Friday.  The day after Thanksgiving when many of us feasted on way too much food. We lounged (unless you are one of the unfortunate who must work on Thanksgiving) around the house with our family and friends watching football or Hallmark Christmas movies and rubbing our overly full, distended stomachs. We were warm and cozy in our homes with plenty of heat, electricity, and running water.

We Americans have so much and hopefully we took time yesterday to give thanks for our abundant blessings. But today is another day. Today we go back to life as usual. Or do we?

Millions of us will spend this day chasing down bargains – getting up at the crack of dawn to go Black Friday shopping. I’m going to be up front right now and share that I don’t do Black Friday.  Actually, this day when there is a frenzy to be the ultimate consumer and spend, spend, spend on supposed money saving deals bothers the heck out of me.

bloggraphicNovI do not shop on this day — I stay as far away as I can from the maddening crowd.  I think it brings out the worst in us humans – greed, rudeness, gluttony, overindulgence, call it what you will. 

And the fact that stores opened on Thanksgiving to accommodate this craziness and fill their coffers with more money instead of respecting the holiday and giving their employees the day off makes it even more offensive to me.

So, I am being completely honest by admitting I am not thankful for the shopping mania of Black Friday itself here in my 30 Days of Thanks Giving.  But that Bible verse that fuels my life, that one that says be thankful in all circumstances, prompts me to express gratitude on this day. 

Yes today, Black Friday, a day that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Why?  Because the consumerism of Black Friday reminds me that I already have what I need in this life and so do the ones I might Christmas shop for.  It’s called abundance. And we here in America have been blessed beyond measure with it.  

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt

No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, there are countless fellow human beings out there in our world who have even more hardships, many right here in our own country.  Many are our brothers and sisters across the globe who live under persecution.

Some live in war-torn areas of the world. They face being killed for their faith. They may be captured, tortured, and imprisoned because of it. So many of our fellow humans here and abroad don’t have shelter or enough food or clothing or even clean water to drink.

And as the Christmas season approaches, I’d rather spend my time on something more meaningful than shopping on Black Friday, filling my shopping cart with consumer goods for my own family and friends.

I am thankful that research is available at the tip of my fingers via my computer keyboard to show me where I can help the most. I’m thankful there are legitimate organizations that exist where I can share my blessings with others who need so much. I thank God that I can impact another person’s life in a positive way to provide a bit of comfort or satisfy a need.

In my guidebook for life, the Bible, Jesus tells me this: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” ~ Luke 12:48

That verse tells me that I am held responsible for what I have, for all I have been given.  If I am blessed with a certain talent, I’m expected to use it. If I’m blessed with time to serve God and others, I need to do so. If I’ve been blessed with monetary goods, I should share those to glorify God and also to benefit those less fortunate. 

I am thankful that because I have been given much, I have much to share.

So on this day after Thanksgiving I have to ask myself, “Am I truly thankful for what I have been given?” And when I realize the answer is affirmative, then it’s time for action.

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” ~ W. Clement Stone

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Mama of this empty nest, I’m content to live a quiet, country life with my husband of 40+ years and to view the gorgeous sunsets off my own back yard deck. Mama to three adults and Nana to adorable grandchildren, my empty nest fills up again with noise and laughter when they all return 'home'. A former English teacher, reporter/editor, education director for a non-profit organization, and stay at home mom, I retired after a season of substitute teaching at a private academy. Now I enjoy time spent with my grandchildren and family and writing words that seem to pour out of my soul or wandering around the countryside with my camera. Foremost, my faith sustains me as I meander through the empty nest stage of life. My favorite scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

15 thoughts on “Black Friday thoughts

  1. Here in the UK Black Friday has only been around for the past 4 years. The first was actually on Black Friday and folk queued to get into stores as they opened for some spectacular offers…stock was broken in the crush and several limbs smashed in the crush. Since then Black Friday has expanded, first a week, then 2 weeks and this year 3 weeks and every indication that these Black Friday deals will continue into next week. Totally stupid….all the more so that retailers seem to have a permanent Sale period. Next it will be pre-Christmas Sale, then January Sales, the a series of sales as the whim takes them all across the year. Truth is no one knows what the true price of an item is anymore

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    1. It’s ridiculous and out of control, if you ask me. I didn’t realize you all succumbed to the Black Friday thing over there in the UK. I realize companies and stores are in business to make money, but this extreme consumerism in society really bothers me.

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  2. Our culture focuses too much on things. I’ve noticed that this “Back Friday” thing has just gotten bigger over the years. As a child in the 60’s I don’t recall this kind of frenzy. I think a lot of it is the retailers who are desperate to sell something preying on people’s joy and “finding a deal.”

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  3. Here in Canada, we used to do the “crazy deals” shopping on Boxing Day; now we also get into the “spirit” of wanting stuff we don’t need on your “Black Friday” as well (sales abound, both in store and online). While retailers do more business on these days than any other during the year, it merely encourages people to buy more and appreciate it less. I don’t imagine there will ever be an end to it but it makes me extremely uncomfortable and sad that people seem to think “stuff” will make them happy, rather than gratitude for what they already have and a sense of spiritual calm and joy.

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    1. Yes! How did we get to the point where we think all of this ‘stuff’ makes us happy and content?? No way. It just creates more greed and dissatisfaction instead of joy and gratefulness. I didn’t realize you, our neighbors in the north, got into Black Friday too. And to promote more spending, spending, spending, we have Cyber Monday.

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      1. It’s all about profit, and Canadian retailers clearly wanted to “cash in” on Black Friday by keeping the people who were going across the border to shop here in the country. My father used to say, “The quickest way to the poor house is to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need.” I’ve never forgotten those words (even if, occasionally, I didn’t exactly follow them). The current average debt level in Canada is 165% ($1.65 owed on every BEFORE TAX dollar earned). SHOCKING!

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  4. I’m with you. I started looking at the sales ads in the newspaper and quickly put them aside because 1. I don’t do Black Friday either and 2. if I have to look in ads to see what I “need” I don’t need it. I’m thankful for so much money can’t buy.

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    1. Absolutely! Every year I toss all of those sales circulars in the recycling without even looking at them. You are right, there’s really nothing we ‘need’ in them. The things money doesn’t buy are the most precious and that includes my friendship with you, my friend. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving Day. Did I see pecan pie on your Facebook page?? Reminds me of living in Oklahoma!

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