I know.  A blog about Black Friday shoppers in the U.S. is hardly unique or unusual, but pepper spray?  Bullets? mid-aisle brawls?  Come on folks.  Is there any wonder people in other countries look at Americans as being one step above cannibals?  Think about it, on Thanksgiving Day we thank God for our families, home, and the car in our garage (if there’s still room along with all the other stuff we’ve accumulated).  We thank Him for the food on our tables, and maybe even for a good football game.  Then before the clock gongs midnight we race to our favorite retailer where we tear each other apart in order to buy more stuff we don’t really need.

I don’t know how it is at your house, but at mine, every drawer, cupboard and closet is overflowing with things I “can’t live without.” A car burglar would have a heyday ripping off all our electronic gadgets, computers, stereo and plasma TV’s.  And the garage–Oh, let’s not talk about the garage!

This week, Pastor Chad preached on “Give us this day or daily bread” as a metaphor for the basic needs God promises to supply–food, water, clothing and shelter.  Everything beyond these essentials is just “stuff.”  As I listened, my mind drifted to Psalm 37:25 KJV. “I have been young, and now I am old; yet I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging for bread.”

Today, when I sat down to write this blog, I remembered another verse that applies to Pastor Chad’s thoughts.  1 Timothy 6:6-8 KJV “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be content.”

Peace, faith, and contentment can be mine.  They are three of life’s greatest luxuries that TV ads, Black Fridays, and Cyber Mondays cannot offer.  And they cannot be purchased with my bank card.

Another thought:  Whether in infancy or old age, our basic needs are simple–food, water, raiment and shelter.  It’s all those in between years the complicate our lives.  Though sometimes hard to remember, true joy is found not in the abundance of things but living free of life’s excesses.  So on Cyber Monday and throughout the Christmas season,  I will remind myself of KISS.  KEEP-IT-SIMPLE-SWEETIE.  May your life be filled with sweet, tender KISSES.


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