Scripture for today: 1 Tim. 6:6-8
Today is Black Friday. Millions of people woke up extremely early, and some even stayed up all night last night, hoping to get to their favorite stores and cash in on extreme markdowns.
Billions of dollars are spent every year on Black Friday. People sacrifice sleep, time, and even their safety to stand in line and fight other people for the opportunity to spend money—all so that they can get something that they do not currently have.
Black Friday shopping is not inherently evil, but this major shopping day often reveals the condition of our hearts. The Bible teaches us that “there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Tim. 6:6-8).
Before you go spend all your money this Black Friday, start by thanking God for the things he has already given you. Turn this Black Friday into Blessed Friday. Not only will you be more content, but you will save money and avoid getting stampeded at Walmart, giving you one more thing to be thankful for this year.
Father, thank you for your generosity to me. Help me to learn to be content with the blessings you have given me.
Matt Peek serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Pelham and a member of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee.