I visited a citizen reporter’s page today where the writer was telling of the commercial retailers’ decision and action to try to get a head start on Black Friday* sales. By head start the writer means, businesses will now start being open for sections of Thanksgiving Day or open in the late PM of Thanksgiving Day.
Okay, I admit I don’t understand the intricate details of economics and keeping a country’s economy afloat. But ladies and gentleman why misuse Thanksgiving Day? It was short enough as it stands. It is our nation’s only 24 hour day of public acknowledgment of giving thanks (presumably to God– for our family, for our country, for Himself, and a myriad of other personal benefits that one felt had been sent their way.)
Now Thanksgiving is being misused? It is because it generates so little financial profit as compared to that of the Christmas season?
And yes, I know that individually each of us can thank God in our hearts. But God also desires that we acknowledge, honor, and worship Him as a nation. What honor does God receive if we as a people are out shopping for commercial gifts on THANKSGIVING DAY?
Oh, Father please forgive us… Oh Father please help us to want You more than we want the comforts and excitements of this world.
(* Just in case you don’t know it, Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year and is the official beginning of the Christmas holiday season.)
See article at http://www.examiner.com/business-commentary-in-allentown/edward-carter
I saw this line in a message that was sent to me today:
“Do not ask the Lord to guide your footsteps.
if you are not willing to move your feet.”
Is not it so true how the victories we gain in the Lord frequently demand action?
One of the saints encouraged me yesterday to think about my circumstances. If my circumstances do not align with God’s Word then they are a lie. ((I should think of them as a lie and not be tempted to think of God ‘s Word as untrue.)
This brother in the Lord went on to say that, “God ‘s Word is the truth and we must speak the truth until the lie (the circumstance) turns into the truth”.
I was so encouraged as I thought on this concept and applied it in my prayers this morning.
So what circumstance where you are is “the lie” that needs God’s Word upon it to turn it into the truth?
Share your thoughts!
Ever wonder why some of the people who come into your life just seem to irritate you endlessly? You pray for their speedy exit, but they just keep coming back. Maybe, the Father has put them into your life to shape you. Remember, He is not interested in our comfort, but He is interested that we become more like Jesus in perfect character and perfect obedience. Maybe that person has just the character trait in them that will bring out the dross* in you. Once the dross ( the less than useful material) is removed, then you’ll be someone God can use for His service.
And while it may seem a little cruel of Him to send you trial and tribulations through that person, think of the alternative. They could have never come and you would not have been reshaped. Less shaping would have meant you are less like Jesus. (And this is not an option. For we do want to hear that “Well done thy good and faithful servant” accolade from the Father.)
Better to get reshaped and hurt a little here, than to miss out on heaven above!
So… who has the Father sent your way?
(*See Ezekiel 22:19-22 to see how much the Father dislikes dross.)Read More »