Did you catch the Boxing Day sales?

Do cash registers overheat? I reckon that’s a good question—because they barely stop ‘ringing’ on Christmas Eve before they’re in use again on Boxing Day (although in these days of so much electronic payments, do cash registers still ‘ring’?!).

It’s very easy for us to critique our culture—that so much of Christmas has been turned into crass materialism. It’s so sad when a retailer talks about ‘a good Christmas’ being one where they sell lots of stuff. What an indictment of 2014 Australia. However, how much do I (& you) take part in the Christmas retail craziness?

Possessions and material things aren’t bad in themselves, and it’s right for us at Christmas time to rejoice in God’s good gifts to us and give thanks to Him for them. Of all people, we Christians should be celebrating! Just — please don’t turn quickly from ‘peace and goodwill to all’ to maxing out the credit card on post-Christmas sales: don’t lose the focus on Jesus. Yes, the post-Christmas sales are actually a good time to buy some things (like next year’s corny-jokes-including Christmas crackers!). However, no, the scenes of masses bursting into a e.g. Sydney Myers store are not beautiful.

Let’s not finish one year, or start the next with a focus on ‘stuff’ – however shiny or attractive it is. Let’s finish 2014 well this week (you have 3 days to do this!) and begin 2015 well by reminding ourselves and our To-Do or Would-Like lists of great words like these:

  • “… man [i.e. a person] does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)
  • “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)

These words are true, because, “to live is Christ, to die [in Christ] is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)

So may you and I guard our hearts and credit cards this week!

Cameron Wills

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