The message at the heart of what I do is: experience victory. I define victory as giving God glory. So I desire victory for you in all areas of your life - especially in faith, finances, and business. It's the reason I wrote this post. So continue reading about the 3 things you need to do to experience victory this holiday season, whether its a Black Friday or any other colored day of the week.
It's Black Friday and that means there's a ton of exclusive offers for consumers to consume items and services for pennies on the dollar.
I plead with you to do these 3 things to ensure you experience victory this holiday season.
1) Buy what you already wanted.
I know this seems self-explanatory, but it is important to filter through all these Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Terrific Tuesday, Wonderful Wednesday, and Super Terrific Thursday deals. If you're not careful, every "Exclusive Offer" will lure you and when all is said and done, you'll be left without any money and tons of useless items cluttering your home.
So sit back, relax and before you leave your house or log onto that site to buy that item before the price jumps back up, ask yourself "If I didn't see this ad, would I have wanted this item?" If the answer is no, don't buy it. But if you were really tempted to spend that $149, and you decided not to get it, go ahead and invest that $149 into the proclamation and demonstration of the gospel of Jesus Christ by giving to your local church. Amen.
2) Buy items that matter and mean something.
Instead of making a list of people to buy gifts for, only buy items for people that happen organically.
I don't have a list. I buy when I happen to come across an item that strikes a nerve with me that says, "This would be perfect for so-and-so! This would really bless them." And then if I have the extra money to purchase it, I do.
The joy of gift buying envelopes my heart and I truly get excited about them opening and USING the item/service and imagining how their life will be blessed by it!
So please only buy gifts that will really matter to the recepient and give from the abundance of your heart (and wallet) rather than out of a sense of obligation or marking off people on a checklist.
3) Give cash. It's fun!
I don't know when giving cash wasn't considered appropriate, but I challenge this point. If you know that one of your loved ones is in need, give cash. As I said in point 2, give what matters. If someone can't pay their light bill, cash matters.
Before you send cash though, keep this is mind: DON'T TELL ANYONE THAT YOU HELPED THEM. Jesus wants this kept private, just between you, God and the recepient. It protects the persons dignity.
And another thing, give the cash in a fun way. Let's say you're going to give someone $500, go to your bank teller and ask them for 10 brand new, crisp 50 dollar bills and clip them together like an accordion and place them in a wonderful, cool-looking leather box. Wrap it in a wonderful Christmas wrapping paper and give to them in person privately. So much fun! You'll feel the joy of knowing that you really blessed them and remember to thank God for the abundance He gave to you that allowed you to be the vessel by which your loved one was blessed.
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