While the Holiday Shopping Season helps put businesses “In the Black” (a financial term to mean profitable), it causes most people to be put “In the Red” (a financial term to mean negative or operating at a loss).
The reality is that today, millions of dollars are spent on “stuff” causing millions of Americans to be in debt and struggle to provide for themselves and their families. Retailers make the sales and discounts look enticing, but they are really designed to trick your mind into thinking you are saving so you buy and spend even more.
I encourage you to examine your spiritual, mental and financial situation before spending this holiday season. When we start with the fact that God owns it All (Psalm 24:1), and we are just stewards of His resources, it should cause us to pause and ask God if it is okay to spend especially when it could potentially put you in a financial hardship. It is not God’s desire for us to live in poverty, but it is His desire that we seek Him first in all our decisions whether large or small. Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Before spending, Pray first! Pay your bills and then consider only using cash not credit. That way you only spend what you have currently and not spend future earnings. Also consider actually doing things for others as gifts, like cooking meals for them for a few days, filling their gas tank up, babysitting so they can enjoy an evening out. Find out what they need and try to meet the need. You might be surprised that doing for others can mean a lot more than just buying “stuff” that they may or may not use.