What We Say, What We Mean

Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for what God has blessed us with. However, if you watch the video below, you will see that Black Friday shoppers prove what the true reason is for the season.

Most in this video prove they do not care about others, only themselves. They might say they were buying the Christmas gifts for a family member, but when does pushing and shoving show the true meaning of Christmas.


Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have. – Unknown


And I can’t help but wonder how many of these people sit in church on Sunday morning. These people prove that Christmas all about getting, not giving. And it’s even more sad than just the video above. We are so anxious for the best buys that there is not even a day off from the sales. Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving evening.

Don’t blame the stores. They are out to make a buck. Besides, if we didn’t go shopping on Thursday, the stores wouldn’t open.

Our society has become one of looking at what others have instead of what God has blessed us with. We always seem to want more. Yet Ecclesiastes 6:9 states,  Being satisfied with what you have is better than always wanting more. That doesn’t have any meaning either. It’s like chasing the wind. The things we have in this world are fleeting. We should be content with what we have, not always wanting more. And treating others with kindness can last for generations. Unlike that big screen TV.

To prove that Christmas is all about our Savior, how about we give more, whether it be money or our time? By doing so, we will discover how blessed we truly are. After all, how can you think you’re birth-of-jesusunderprivileged with your three bedroom home when your feeding a family who is living in their car?

Too many people in our society only look at themselves, not others. And we keep raising kids who feel entitled instead of humble. I’ve always thought high school students should be required to do community service for those who are less fortunate before they were allowed to graduate. It might give some a real perspective on their own lives.

Make this the season you give more than you get. And I’m not talking about giving to just your family members. Give to someone in a nursing home. Give to that guy you see each day walking to work in the cold. Let the person behind you with only three items in their grocery cart get in front of your full load.

The best way for those around you to see that Jesus is the true reason for Christmas is by showing others kindness. Who knows, they might just pass it on.

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  1. James R Collins says:

    I don’t know what is on sale at two in the morning that God would say get up and go be as rude as you can to get a materal item GOD wouldn’t supply if I really needed it.

    1. Kathryn J. Bain says:

      I so agree, Jim.

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