Turkey Day Turnaround
Within a weekend, our hearts and minds were primed to transition from giving thanks to getting more. With the scent of turkey still lingering in the air, many of us took to our tablets, phones, and laptops on the hunt for the best deals of the season. And if that wasn't enough, Cyber Monday reared its head to tempt the unsuspecting with a smorgasbord of stuff to get. And then today, deemed Giving Tuesday, once again we are reminded that it is more blessed to give than receive (Acts 20:35). I don't know about you, but the past several days has almost felt like whiplash. Give thanks. Get more. Get more. Give.
I have certainly fallen victim to Black Friday "deals." Years ago, I darkened the doors of Walmart, picked up my store map, and took off sprinting down the aisles. I stockpiled an entire cart with sensational buys including pajamas, a waffle maker, luggage, a sewing machine, and a plethora of unmemorable items. By the way, I don't even know how to sew. It was just a deal too good for me to pass up.
After spending an obscene amount on these mind-blowing deals, I soon realized there was only one option. The walk of shame.
So, early the following Monday morning, when the store was somewhat vacant, I returned every item except the pajamas for my children. My cart was added to the masses of others huddled around the Walmart return desk spilling over with items waiting to be restocked. I meekly apologized to the clerk offering some pathetic excuse for my ridiculous adventure two days before. She wasn't interested.
I share that silly, somewhat embarrassing story because I think in some way it's relatable. In my recent Bible study, I've been reminded, that part of our human nature is wanting. But happiness, which is what every heart truly wants, is found in giving. Giving thanks.
"Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,for his steadfast love endures forever!" Psalm 106:1