Before we plow relentlessly into the Christmas season and the potentially dark side of consumerism (I think there may be a deeper significance to the name "Black Friday"), take a moment or two to stop and consider your ability to be truly thankful and content right now - without anything else added to it. Most of that "stuff" you'll buy (or be tempted to buy) will neither last long nor bring lasting joy.
Take a cue from Paul as he wrote to the Jesus-followers living in Philippi. Paul was sitting in a prison, and yet he wrote the following words:
Philippians 4:11-13 (NLT)
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
Let's learn to focus on contentment and thanksgiving for all that we have right now and enjoy the wonderful freedom and joy it brings!