I hope that yesterday was a wonderful day of giving thanks as you celebrated with family and friends. I know we had a great time.
Today is the day after Thanksgiving. The retail world calls it “Black Friday”—a time of getting a good deal or buying Christmas presents for others. Or is it for many another day of self indulgence shrouded in the idea of saving money or buying a gift for someone else or even for “myself”?
Perhaps the day after Thanksgiving should be a day of giving—not to retailers or to myself. But giving of myself afresh and anew to the Lord and to others. When we do that it certainly is counter cultural. And it is certainly resisting the urge to be selfish.
Maybe on the day after Thanksgiving we should take a few minutes to renew our commitment to the eternal, to that which will last.
We could set our hearts on things above.
We could evaluate our priorities.
We could review and see if we have a heart of serving.
We could pray for others in need.
We could give to others in need.
We could give…more thanks to God, more time to God, more of ourselves to God, more to serve others.
I know it will never become a national movement but perhaps we can be among a few who start a new tradition on the day after Thanksgiving and make it “Friday Giving.”
Note: I am not saying that you would not go to work or that you will not find a good deal somewhere on Friday. I am suggesting that our mindset be very different than the world around us. And it takes working intentionally against our natural tendency to be selfish.
Maybe our verse for this Friday after Thanksgiving should be:
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Now is truly a time for gratitude and thanking God and others. Give yourself to that and it will go a long way toward a wonderful “Friday Giving.”
And if you can think of a new name for a day such as this, let me know. Who knows, maybe we will get something started.
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