I just drove by The Forum Shopping Center. At 2:00 p.m., there were four lawn chairs and two men waiting outside the store for tomorrow’s “Black Friday” sale at Best Buy. Best Buy is not a food or clothing store. It’s an electronics and entertainment store. So, why are people willing to spend over 14 hours sitting outside a store to ensure they get a chance to buy some piece of electronic equipment at a greatly reduced price, rather than spend that time at home with their family on a day that is particularly meant to be spent with family? What’s wrong with this picture? If the family is happy about this situation, then again I ask, “What’s wrong with this picture?” Has the average American fallen so much in love with the trinkets and gadgets their money can buy that he or she puts a higher priority on getting them than on spending time with their family and friends? Is this what the American dream produces? I thank God for calling me to Honduras, a place where family still comes before buying more stuff.
As you sit down to your Thanksgiving meal today, I pray that you will recognize the many blessings God has given you throughout your life and will spend some time thanking Him and asking Him how He would like you to help meet the needs of those in your neighborhood who need help. God hasn’t blessed us so we can hoard those blessings. We are to share those blessings. Who will you share with?