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The Other Meaning of Black Friday

Today’s reading: Proverbs 10:1-12:28

My selection: Proverbs 12:9

Better to be lowly and have a servant than to play the great man and lack bread.

My reflections: There is a significant amount of pressure on people in our society to flaunt their wealth or, as this verse says, “play the great man”. With the accessibility of instant loans through credit cards, one may thoughtlessly indulge the urge to buy impulsively incurring enslaving debt.

Fools are caught in the snare of trying to impress others with what they have while in actuality they end up without even enough to eat.

“Black Friday” will become a dark day when the Visa bill comes due.

My challenge: Are you living in a manner which is within, or even below, your means? Are you resisting the pressure to always have the latest and greatest new product or fashion merely to impress others? Are you teaching this principle to your children or contradicting it by teaching them that Christmas means going into debt so that we will receive as much or more than everyone else?

Live within your means. Be a giver, not an impress-er. Walk before God in integrity. It is His opinion, not that of a materialistic society, that counts.

Tomorrow’s reading: Proverbs 13:1-15:33

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