Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Don't Miss It! - Black Friday

Don't you hate it when you miss something?  A couple weeks back I was bidding on a pair of shoes on eBay.  They were mint condition $100 loafers and my bid was in the lead for somewhere between $30 and $40.  I was sure they were mine.  Then I got busy.  As the bidding was coming to a close, I was distracted with some other--granted important--things.  I forgot to watch my bid and I missed it.  Someone else beat me for a dollar.  Ouch.

The other day The Pastor was out hunting when a little deer jumped up in front of him.  He fired off a shot, but a strange angle and some extra brush thwarted his effort.  He missed it.  Now, I firmly believe that missing a shot at a smallish deer has no comparison to missing a hundred dollar pair of shoes, but The Pastor was distraught, nonetheless.

I'm sure it hasn't escaped you that this week is Black Friday.  That little detail certainly hasn't slipped by me...the ads and hype inundating me have kept me constantly reminded.  People are making their plans, terrified that they will miss out on a once in a lifetime deal.   My fear is that they're missing out on so much more.

For the past few years, Black Friday sales have started earlier and earlier, but this year we have finally crossed a very important line.  Now, rather than staying up until midnight or setting your alarm clock for 2am, you can wolf down your turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day, and instead of pushing back from the table and taking a nap in your Barcalounger, you can leave your crazy relatives behind and go shopping.  Sounds appealing on some levels, but is it?

Have we become so obsessed that our need for a great bargain requires others to work, rather than spend a holiday with their families?  Are we so consumer driven that we can't even take ONE full day to be thankful for what we have, before running off to acquire more?  Is the $20, $50, or even $100 savings worth it?  What kind of society and people have we become?

I'm all for a good sale as much as the next guy (or girl), and I might even set my alarm for 2am for a super sweet deal, but we have so much to be thankful for in our lives, that when it comes to Thanksgiving Day...let's not miss it.  

Happy Thanksgiving!


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