I saw on my local news station a story about two individuals who already waiting outside of a Best Buy store in anticipation of Black Friday. (See Shoppers Already Lined Up) As I watched this news story, I had to ask myself …. WHY? What would possess individuals to get in line over a week ahead of the day when special savings deals are being held? What does this say about the lives of these individuals?
As we approach another holiday season and another period of buying gifts for Christmas, I have to wonder about our obsession to have. I do not think there are many individuals in this country that do not suffer from this obsession. I am just as guilty as any other person. I know that there are different extremes of this obsession but it is still an obsession. We always want more or different or better. Christmas gift purchasing highlights this obsession I believe. As we ask one another what is wanted for Christmas, there never seems to be a lack of a list. Children may be more vocal and a bit more demanding in the building of their lists but they only are following the example of behavior that adults set.
So does all of this come down to greed? There are twenty-five mentions of the word greed in the New International Version of the Bible. None of these are presented in a very positive light. In Ephesians 5:3 it is even listed as one of the sinful natures that believers are supposed to strive to overcome. In fact, included in that verse with greed are sexual immorality and any impurities. So it is obviously something that we should avoid.
Back to the news story – I don’t know what is possessing these two ladies from sitting outside a Best Buy over a week in advance of the sale so that they can be first in line. Whatever the reason, I am not sure that it is extremely healthy or wise. But the positive aspect of this is to remind me to be mindful of the greed in my life. Especially, I will be watchful during this holiday season.