The biggest shopping day of the year is upon us. That’s right, Black Friday is coming! I have friends that spend the weeks leading up to Black Friday preparing. They look at all the ads, compare all the stores and prices, and they map out their shopping route. They even start camping out at Best Buy 10 hours before they even open! I worked in retail for 8 years and I am a big fan of Black Friday, even still. I love a good deal. I love getting a big TV for cheap. I love it all!
But I was feeling a little convicted this year. I wonder how often we spend as much time with God as we do planning our Black Friday routes? God makes it so we crave connection with him. I get the privilege of teaching children about Christ’s love every single Sunday. One of the things I tell them is, “Everytime you pray, and you start your prayer with dear God, or dear Jesus, I feel like God’s up in Heaven and he goes, ‘Stop!’ and he stops everybody and he says, ‘Mariah is talking to me, I am so excited to hear from her!’ ” He gets so excited to talk to us and he’s built us so we want that connection back. Often times, we look for connection and fulfillment in things and people that aren’t always the best, and we don’t connect with God as much as we should.
There are resources out there for connecting with God and they are coming in droves. There are podcasts and sermons online, Bible apps and books, and they’re all great tools to help you connect with God. But why don’t we use them?
“The deeper we get in our communication with God, the deeper we get in our connection with God, the better our lives are going to be.”
I want to encourage you this week, as you’re planning your Black Friday sales routes, to spend a little bit of time looking into some of the available resources out there. Find a cool podcast you want to listen to, or a really good book that connects you back to God. The deeper we get in our communication with God, the deeper we get in our connection with God, the better our lives are going to be. And that is one connection that keeps on giving.
When our “material things” run out of batteries, stop working, or stop being cool, God’s connections are always better and more fulfilling. The more we tap into our relationship and connection with God, the more he’s there for us.
Check out the Gold Creek Community Church Pinterest page for some tips and list organizers for your Black Friday shopping, as well as some great Podcasts and Daily devotionals.