It is ironic that the day after Thanksgiving is a no-holds-barred-all-out-shopping-bomb-of-a-day known as “Black Friday.” It is like a day of giving thanks for what we have is all we can take. Like the workout of gratitude gives way to an unfettered gorging on stuff we don’t.
Ironic, but not surprising. We grow out of a lot, but we never seem to grow out of “my,” “me,” and “I.” That includes me by the way. When extra money comes my way my first thought is not, “What is God’s plan for this extra money?” but “What can I get with this extra money?” The second thought is natural. The former one is unnatural–it is supernatural.
Black Friday may be flush with irresistible deals, but it is also great proof of just how effortlessly we can switch to being inwardly focused on ourselves and to how badly we need God’s grace.
Fortunately, as lavish as we are with our cash and credit cards on Good Friday, we don’t even come close to how lavish God is with His grace any given second of any given day.