I believe the trend toward pitching a tent in front of an electronics store on Thanksgiving just to save your place in the ridiculously long line the next morning when the store opens – is finally waning – at least I hope it is. Let’s just look at this thing logically for a minute. We just spent a day around a table with loved ones, giving thanks to God for all of our many blessings – OH – but wait – we gotta pitch a tent so we can sleep on the sidewalk because there is a piece of technology I still need to possess. WHAT???
It’s insane… and we all know the definition of insanity… it’s doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result or outcome. Look, there are two schools of thought about Black Friday – some people say we need to frequent the stores and the sales because the folks who are working need their job and don’t mind working on Thanksgiving and the day after. Others, like me, believe that stores have no business being open on Thanksgiving at all – and should be closed the day after as well. Those employees deserve a 4-day weekend before the Christmas nightmare begins! I’m just one person with an opinion. Will anyone listen? Probably not – but that doesn’t stop me from speaking my mind.
You know, God did not create us to kneel in front of the BEST BUY store. God created us to praise and worship HIM. He wants us to take time to sit and reflect on His Word and be quiet before Him so we can hear Him speak to our hearts. Put your feet up by the fires of God’s Holy Spirit. When we get so wrapped up in retail therapy that we can’t focus on anything except which stores we want to get to and when, then we are the ones who lose out. I’m not saying that retail therapy is a bad thing, but I don’t think it’s so important to participate in Black Friday.
I’m not opposed to online shopping, and frankly I think most people would rather stay home and shop in their pajamas. If consumers would resist the temptation to shop on the Friday after Thanksgiving, eventually the stores would not see the need to be open and employees could have the 4 day weekend they need – and more time with friends and family. When did we stop thinking of others? Wouldn’t you rather spend 4 days off than just one – and some don’t even get Thanksgiving off because stores are feeling like they need to be open on Thanksgiving. It’s sad because everyone should be with family and friends – not co-workers – on Thanksgiving – and the day after and the weekend after that. 🙂