This is posting at 7AM CT on Friday, November 27, 2015. Black Friday. Some of you are just getting home from shopping all night, some are heading out now, and others will avoid the stores completely.
I’m an avoider. I may do a little on-line shopping, but for the most part I try not to get caught up in sale circular excitement. Primarily because I’m a year round sale shopper, and don’t find post-Thanksgiving sales to be exceptional. It seems to me it’s more hype and bragging rites than bargains. But just like you, I do love a bargain.
Everyone Loves a Bargain
Can you believe those words get over 1,000,000 hits on a Google search? I guess it’s true, everyone does love a bargain.
Even so most financial advisors say the following about Black Friday shopping:
- Bargain hunters can — and, in some cases, should — avoid the Black Friday weekend crush. ~LA Times
- “Consumers make poor decisions when they’re under duress, and this is most obvious on Black Friday,” ~Matthew Ong, LA Times
- Black Friday deals are notorious for luring shoppers on a bargain hunt that quickly escalates into chaos. ~ Tanya Mauro, Foundation Financial Group, CFO
- Shoppers are being inundated with Black Friday deals, and it’s easy to let the dream of amazing savings overshadow rational purchasing behavior. ~ Andrea Woroch, Black Friday Myths
A couple of my favorite funny Black Friday quotes:
- “I miss the good old days when Black Friday was actually on Friday.” – Unknown
- Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” – Unknown
And we’ll do it all again next year.
We’ll have trouble remembering those bargains and the gifts we spent half the year paying off because…
There’s a simple truth about human nature—we value most the things that cost us the most.
I wonder if that might be one of the problems with Christianity.
God gives us His free grace, undeserved forgiveness, and countless blessings.
A relationship with Him costs us nothing.
Even though it’s free to us, it was not free for God. It cost Him everything.
Our salvation cost Jesus – pain, suffering, separation, rejection, mocking, ridicule, hunger, temptation, grief, and life and death.
He spent it all so we could have this priceless gift.
Are we looking at it all wrong? Trying to pay the price through good works and sin less behavior.
As we move into the Christmas Season let’s look at the value of the gift and the love of the Giver.
The Gift give because…
You are God’s priceless treasure. You are His precious child.
You are not a bargain. No matter what you’ve done or what has been done to you. Whether you are surrounded by people who adore you or not. No matter what –
You are priceless and precious to God. Extraordinarily costly.
The Giver of Love says:
- Come to me all who are weary and brokenhearted (Matthew 11:28)
- Behold I stand at the door and knock (Revelation 3:20)
- I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3)
The Lord wants to be your treasure.
Grace, mercy, and love are not a bargain.
Grace and forgiveness may be free, but they are the most costly gift you will ever be given.
Let’s talk: Bargain, value, or treasure?
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