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Commercialization of Christmas

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender. (Proverbs 22:6-7)

A child learns much from the words of a parent. However that child learns more from the actions of that parent.

One of the lessons children learn is money management.  Christmas is upon us; it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ by imitating God, the Father.  We imitate the act that God gave us Jesus by giving our best to others. 

Yet at this festive season some parents are teaching their children to misuse money by going in debt. My parents were poor.  We didn’t get the latest toy or the newest sneakers.  We got hand – me – down bikes and clothes for school.

As I reflect on this I realize that my parents could have gone in debt to give us things but they didn’t;  they gave us presence. When we awakened both were there to start off Christmas morning with us. Heck,  dad would even sing with us. Christmas was a happy morning.

My parents were teaching us to live within our means and enjoy each others company.  That’s what Christmas is about because there’s hope,  peace, joy, and love among family.  More than anything else Joseph,  Mary, and Jesus were family.  No room in the inn but hope, peace, joy, and love in their hearts. 

Spend time with your family this year and enjoy each others presence more than the gifts. For Christmas means Emanuel which is “God with us.”

Monetization of Tragedy

Michael Brown is dead, killed by an officer whose duty is to protect and defend.  That officer used deadly force but there wasn’t anyone’s life at stake,  not even his own.  What was the officer protecting? What was the officer defending?

Even more tragic in my mind is this fundraising business.  The police department has a legal defense fund for its officers. Why does the officer need money now for a trial that remains a distant possibility.  He hasn’t been charged or arrested for anything. 

And Michael Brown’s families are being used as pawns by Black organizations to enlarge there coffers.  Why should such tragedies be turned into financial exploitation?  Who will be the beneficiaries of these schemes?

At a gut level, I fully disapprove of both these shenanigans!

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What do you value?

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21).

It has been said that if you want to see what a person values,  find out what she spends her money on.  That is a superficial indicator dependent upon the premise everyone values money.

Some people don’t place value on money and so spend it arbitrarily. Such people can’t be dependent upon to ‘treasure’ the things they spend their money on. There is a real disconnect for such people between their money and their ‘heart.’

In this text, ‘treasure’ is best translated as ‘the things you value’.  We could paraphrase by saying,  “For where the things you value are, there will your true self be also.”  A person who values benevolence will be found giving, helping, and serving in the areas he values.  A person who values family will be found investing in those things that promote family.

What do you value? Check your calendar;  it will be a better barometer than your checkbook. Where you spend your money is just one of the variables that may indicate what you really treasure.

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