11/25/16: Being Rich on Black Friday
Here in the United States, on the last Thursday of November we celebrate Thanksgiving. We get together with family and friends, have a huge dinner in which turkey is traditionally the main meat dish, and sit around enjoying one another’s company. I think it actually may be my favorite holiday of the year. The whole goal of the day is to be thankful to God and to share that day and thankfulness with those we dearly love.
But then comes the next day. The retail industry has dubbed the day after Thanksgiving to be “Black Friday.” This is the “official” start of the Christmas shopping season and many retailers make the money that will sustain them through the whole next year in the next 30 – 45 days. Retailers used to write their financial statements in either black or red ink. To be “in the red” indicated they owed money; to be “in the black” indicated they made a profit. That’s why the day is called “Black Friday.” Thanks to all the shoppers, the stores’ financial statements could be tallied in black ink rather than being written in red.
As I think on drawing a connection between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, by our social standard, the two days have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Families got together on Thursday hoping to have a great meal; people go out to spend money on Friday hoping to get a great deal. But for me, the two days are closely tied. It irks me that some of my wonderful family members only want to show up at our gathering place at dinner time. Thanksgiving Thursday is more than the meal. Being together is important and we’re running in so many different directions in our lives that we need to set aside this special holiday time to just enjoy being in the same room together for the day, even if we don’t eat until later. Nevertheless, because of Thursday, I can see Black Friday as another day to celebrate. I am “in the black” with the riches of having a family who also love the Lord and with whom I can spend time.
God has supplied us all with some riches. First Peter 1:3-4 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you.” We may not feel we have much money to spend in the stores today, but let’s spend at least part of this Black Friday rejoicing about the rich inheritance we do have – the one that has been provided for us by God.
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