What motivates someone to get up at three a.m.? Or worse, camp out overnight to buy the latest and greatest gadget? Is it greed? Envy? Perhaps, it’s just the status of being the first one to own something new.

It is sad to think that Thanksgiving is known more for the day before Black Friday, than its true meaning. When I sat down yesterday to eat my turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and apple pie, I gave thanks to the Lord for everything He has given me. He has blessed me with my family, my health, a roof over my head, and money in my pocket.

But that money has to have meaning. It has to be used for something other than gathering stuff that will mostly likely be thrown away, collect dust, or break. It has to have purpose. Instead of going to your local store, think to yourself: Am I being the best steward over what I have been blessed with?

Now look, I’m not saying you can’t be generous on this disingenuous Friday. There are some who go out and purchase things for others who are less fortunate, and otherwise could not afford such luxuries. But the fact is: when people get into a fist fight in the middle of a store over the stupidest thing, we as a people, have a problem.

The problem starts with the heart. We naturally covet what we do not have. We think that new car, new house, or new T.V., will fill a hole. It is a lie that we all fall into. There is only One, who can fill that hole.

Nevertheless, instead of wasting your money on meaningless things today: be thankful for who you are, what you already have, and what God has gifted you with.