by Roger Thomas

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The Path to Financial Freedom (3 of 3)
Series: Debt Free Living
Roger Thomas
Matthew 6:19-34

I learned something this week. TV reporters explained that they call the day after Thanksgiving Black Friday because that's the day many retailers' financial statements finally get into the black or begin making a profit. I always thought it was because shoppers come home black and blue from all the pushing and shoving at the mall.

It was pretty crazy in lots of places Friday. Across the country, people lined up in the middle of the night for the early bird specials. In some places, trampled shoppers were taken away in ambulances. A security guard at a Beaumont, Texas Wal-Mart pepper sprayed an out of control crowd that rushed the electronics department.

I wonder what some of those folks thought when they saw themselves on the 10 o'clock news Friday night. Even they probably didn't feel as bad as the lady Preacher Greg Laurie tells about. An older woman headed for her car after a long day of shopping. She lugged her purchases across the parking lot. She struggled with her purse, fishing her keys out of her purse. As she approached the rear of her car, she noticed four suspicious Arab-looking men inside. Her heart raced, but she didn't panic. Instead she dropped her shopping bags and pulled a handgun from her purse. "I have a gun and I know how to use it! Get out of the car," she screamed. The men didn't need a second invitation. They threw open the car doors and ran like crazy.

The pistol-packing granny, somewhat shaken, loaded her shopping bags and then got in the car. But no matter how she tried, she couldn't get her key to fit. At first she thought the car-jackers had tampered with her ignition. Finally it dawned on her. The car wasn't hers. It was the same make and almost the same color but not hers. She spotted her car four or five spaces away! She loaded her bags into her own car and then drove to the police station to turn hers ...

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