The Holiday Season is upon us and with it comes the every day expected hustle and bustle of preparing for it. There are homes to be decorated, food to be prepared, gifts to be purchased, and of course then there is the most coveted day following Thanksgiving. ………….Black Friday.
Personally I have never understood this day. Honestly so many people, even some of my own extended family members, can’t wait for this day to arrive. They talk about it, plan for it, have made a tradition out of it. And it makes me stop and wonder. Why? Has “Stuff” gotten in the way of us losing our focus on the true meaning of the Holiday? Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy my share of designer clothing and my new pair of sneakers as much as the next guy. I’m not trying to be a martyr but I wonder, has all of that come at the risk of us losing our true sense of thankfulness? I don’t have the answers. I guess I’m just challenging all of us to stop, think, and re-evaluate our motives.
There are certain commercials that really bother me. They highlight exactly what I am trying to convey. They focus on a family or a couple who is so thrilled and happy with the new car they received until the neighbor or the guy down the block rides past in their nicer, fancier, more expensive new car. Suddenly the one they were admiring moments before is no longer good enough. Maybe I am just too cynical but this saddens me and then humbles me.
There truly is nothing materialistically speaking that moves me enough to waste my time standing in long lines and pawing the person in front of me to get at. I would much rather spend my time with my family, friends, or relatives being truly thankful for what God has already blessed me with. Think what you will. It is the truth. I challenge all of us this year to think more about what we already have and focus on being thankful for that and less about what else we can get. Maybe if we spent just a little more time with that mind set we’d gain a better understanding of “What being Thankful truly means.”