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If you’re old enough, you can remember a day – back before 1990 – when you could buy toys for your kids for $20 or $30. Today, something like a Sony PlayStation 4 will set you back $400. By the time you add the controllers and the games, the price tag rises to around $800. All that money to provide your kids with a game system that will keep them indoors when the sun is shining and distract them from doing their homework during the school year. Then there’s computer tablets ($400), drones ($300), RC cars ($250) and hoverboards ($500). Even just a Power Rangers Morphin Megazord will cost you $70.
And we haven’t even talked about the food, the decorations, the musicals, and the ugly Christmas sweaters that will be purchased to celebrate the season. At what point do we say “enough” and start to dial things back? We may upset our kids who don’t get their coveted super-toy, but we need to find some balance here. Especially when a child in Uganda would love to have just $10 worth of food to get him through the month. Or $39 would restore sight to a blind father with a family to support. In Luke 1:46-55, Mary expresses her praise to God for the fact that He helps the poor. So should we. I think it’s about time we really, seriously consider the option of under-indulging our own desires, and consider the needs of others.