Happy Thanksgiving to all my American Neighbours!
Today is a day to give thanks. To stop, reflect and look around and give thanks. There are times in our lives where this is easier than others, but whatever your situation, I think that when we take the time to appreciate the gifts around us, we become more content.
And then there’s Black Friday.
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Now, there’s nothing wrong with a good deal. I’m all for saving money and will be doing a little deal hunting of my own.
Currently, I’m on the lookout for an Instant Pot (I think). I have tried to snag an Instant Pot deal the past couple of years. One year I plain forgot that it was Black Friday, I had planned to check the deals and buy one, but then it was Saturday and too late. Last year I went on Amazon and made the purchase! I was so proud of myself for getting the deal. Several days later when checking my e-mail (I suppose for the first time since I made the purchase) I found a message from Amazon stating that my credit card information was incorrect and they cancelled my order.
Maybe I’m not supposed to buy an Instant Pot after all. Clearly I have survived without one thus far… but still I want one. If you love or hate your Instant Pot please let me know!!!
Black Friday stirs up discontentment.
Black Friday has been crafted to create wants and desires in you. They want you to be discontent with what you already have… yearning for something newer, bigger, and better.
They promise you that you’ll be happier, healthier and a better cook. So, you need to have a bigger TV, a Nintendo Switch, better pots, essential oils, and of course… an Instant Pot.
I don’t like how Black Friday steals from the heart of Thanksgiving. On a day like today we should have our hearts in tune with the blessings that we have in life. We should be able to be thankful for the crunchy leaves under our feet, for the comfort of a hot cup of tea, the joy of family and friends and for a God who created all this beauty. However, I feel like the allure for the deal for something better can overshadow our thankfulness.
So what are we to do?
I think the best thing to do is to be intentional. Write down 10 things you are thankful for. Or, why not write 100 or 1000?! (This gets me thinking about the book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp)
Take time to be thankful for the big things and the little things. Slow down to smell your coffee, to hug your loved ones, to enjoy the feeling of a clean pair of socks.
What are some things you are thankful for?
I’ll get us started with some things I’m thankful for in the comments below and I hope you’ll join in too!
Don’t get caught up in the Black Friday frenzy (especially on a Thursday). Take a breath, enjoy today and before you buy all of the discounted clothes off of Old Navy, open your closet to see what you already own and can use without spending another dime. You will survive if you don’t buy all the deals.
Most importantly remember: even with a great deal you’re still spending money. Spend it wisely.