I didn't brave Black Friday. It's just not for me I'm afraid. Since I'm a planner by nature (and by choice) I try and think ahead what my Christmas gifts will be for any given year. It's just not in me to stand in line for hours upon hours and face the often unruly crowds just for a bargain. Not sitting in judgment over you who love it or do it, like I said, it's just not for me.
One of my good friends did venture out into the mayhem that included both a visit to Target and Best Buy (and several other stores, too!). She snagged herself a fabulous deal on a huge flat-screen TV and some other electronic gifts as well. I was excited as I listened to her good-deal stories as she always shops with joy and purpose. Then she began to share with me something truly unbelievable... Apparently the two shoppers standing directly in front of my longtime friend got into an argument and a fight broke out. The police were called and they both went to jail.
Are you kidding me?
The fight was over a Magnavox TV and the man (who was 50 plus) said the woman (who was 70 plus) was purposefully shoving the box (that was in her cart) into his back.
My friend added..."Rebecca, there was noticeable screaming and yelling over sold-out merchandise and people laying across boxes of STUFF so no one else would 'get it'. Grown men and women cutting in line, shoving carts into other shoppers and children crying and waling because they were sleep deprived... Ugly words, terrible attitudes and mad-as-hornet shoppers were everywhere..."
Are you kidding me (again!)? Seriously!?
What has become of us?
I was so happy I stayed home.
There is absolutely nothing on this planet worth me losing my dignity or self respect over.
As I thought about the thousands of people fighting for the best deals, clamoring to find the 'perfect' gift at the lowest price possible I couldn't help but think how many of them were missing out on the most treasured gift of all. God's Son, Jesus Christ. His Love. His Peace. His Grace. It is, after-all, His Birthday we are suppose to be celebrating.
I thought is was called CHRISTmas!
Maybe people are getting confused and think it's called GIFTmas!?
This morning I read a short devotional that shared some of the wisdom of Mother Theresa of Calcutta. She, of course, chose to spend many, many years serving some of the poorest, most wretched people on earth. Every day she was surrounded by the sick, the hungry, miserable and afflicted. And, even though she owned no property and possessed not a smidgen of worldly wealth, she always wore a smile. She held true joy within her heart as she humbly shared the love of God with people who needed it so desperately.
Long after I read the story of this amazing woman one of her quotes kept returning to my mind...
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile..."
Blessings as you shop and gift with JOY...
Love to you~