I was watching the Packer/Viking game on Sunday. It was nice to see the Pack get back into the win column. The commercials are generally something I try to tune out but there was one that caught my attention. A major cell phone carrier ran this ad about the latest and greatest stuff a person can get. The name of the ad was “Thanksgetting.” That last word made my ears perk up. Thanksgetting?!?! What?!?! Why doesn’t that sound right?
So I began to ponder the idea of Thanksgetting. It did not take long but I did not like the thought of focusing on ‘getting’ during the holiday season. Sure, I understand the company wanting the consumer to feel like they were getting a good deal, getting the best phone, or getting what they deserve.
But isn’t that the direct opposite of what Thanksgiving is all about?
I believe I was placed here in earth to glorify God and to become more like Jesus. If I am to do those things than I must turn to the Word of God for instruction and guidance. Here are 5 verses that address the idea of giving. I took the liberty of highlighting the parts about giving or gifts. All passages are from the New International Version.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her…”
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever…”
During your feast and football on Thursday or some crazy shopping this Friday, try to take two minutes and be thankful. This does not have to mess up your eating, cheering, or busting down doors! You can do both!
I would just hate to see someone become consumed with Thanksgetting instead of Thanksgiving.
As always, thank you for reading and sharing this post. God bless and enjoy some turkey. =-)