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i stood in a line on black friday…

This weekend I saw SO CLEARLY the tension of living in the world but living by the Word.

The two often seem to stand in direct contradiction to each other.

Have you noticed that? Do you ever feel that same tension?

I felt it as I stood in a line on black Friday at a big box store (with my teenage son) behind hundreds of people buying tons of stuff.

Really cool, really fun stuff.

But it kind of bugged me, seeing all the people standing in a line to buy all the stuff.

Ironically, that morning, I had just studied the beatitudes in the book of Matthew. In 5:6 Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”

Seeing people consumed with buying stuff stood out starkly against the words I had just read. It had never seemed more obvious that the world seeks to fill the longing in their hearts with material possessions: bigger TVs, bigger homes, upgraded phones, big trips, new clothes, nice cars. 

If you just buy this, you will be happy, it whispers.

Funny how I’ve gone black Friday shopping so many times and not really ever been bothered until this year…now that I’m deep into the Word on a regular basis. Because of the truth of the Bible, I can see for the first time that what the world sells is…

Not the truth.

Jesus made that clear in his sermon on the mount: he told his disciples that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied, because satisfaction ultimately comes from a desire for and a pursuit of God.

Not from a hunger for stuff. Not from standing in line to get a good deal on stuff.

And thus the do I live in the world but live by the Word?

How do I celebrate Christmas, as a Christian, in a way that shows my devotion to God and not the things of the world?

Here’s my honest answer: I don’t know.

The further I dig into the word, the less I fit into the world, and the less I want to. It’s messy.

But I’m trending toward being radical.Toward being the weird guy in the desert eating locusts and honey. Toward not fitting in. Toward being sold out and giving away love like cookies at Christmas. Toward feeding the less fortunate, caring for the unseen and serving others as my gifts this year. Toward standing in the line of righteousness… instead of standing in the line for more stuff. Toward a desire for him, and with him, his righteousness.

Here’s the rub: I hold nothing against the traditions of Christmas. As a matter of fact, I love them all. It’s just that I find it increasingly difficult to justify the material side of this season when it seems to be more about the gifts than the heart. More about the present than the presence of God.

I don’t think there is a formula.

I don’t think it’s wrong to love Christmas. I do.

But I do think there needs to be a hunger and thirst for God, and his righteousness, that supersedes the love of any holiday tradition or gift. There needs to be an admiration of the savior that surpasses the admiration of the beautiful lights and extravagant decor and fabulous food. There needs to be a desire for mercy and purity and peace more than a desire for presents. There needs to be a search for God’s presence and not just a search for the perfect holiday party outfit.

This keeps echoing in my mind: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

I think that sums up how I feel pretty accurately. In this Christmas season, I want to make sure that I seek him first, above everything else. Not that I can’t enjoy the holiday, but I want it to look differently in my heart, and in my checkbook and in my planner this year… that all three of those things reflect my desire for God and his righteousness above all else.

I love you, friends. My prayer is that this Christmas, amidst the parties and planning and decorating and baking, you seek and delight and desire the one thing that will truly satisfy you more than anything else. I think that is the best possible gift. 

I’ve told you before, I’m not a poet. However, on black Friday, this literally rolled into my mind and out onto the paper and I feel I am supposed to share it. It’s based on Matthew 5:6-9.


a deep longing within me

aches to be satisfied

a desire for something I cannot name

an emptiness I cannot fill

my soul is hungry and my heart is thirsty


I have toiled in vain, this much I understand

for years I have chased the uncatchable wind

money, possessions, award, fame

a futile pursuit

left me chained to the darkness

captive to self

foolish, broken, alone


with a hunger and thirst I couldn’t assuage

my plight, not uncommon

sweet ache of my soul

could it be

this void shall remain

the remedy a mystery

where must I turn and what must I do

to fill, to overflow, to be satisfied

could it be

the answer lies not in the world

never will

but in a humble savior

full of mercy, pure, a maker of peace

righteousness is he


fount of living water

portion of living bread

all I need

seek him I must

and with him, his righteousness

if ever the depths

if ever the ache

if ever the void

shall be satisfied

O what joy, what peace, what hope

the treasure of righteousness holds

my soul overflowing

in him alone



As always, I love hearing from you. Message me or comment below and I will get on my knees for you. Let’s do this faith journey together.



  1. Tanya Rais on November 27, 2018 at 2:38 am

    You amaze me more with each blog released.

    • Aminta Geisler on November 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks friend. You are too kind. love ya!

  2. Richard Merritt on November 27, 2018 at 3:16 am

    First off, I really like reading your blog postings. They resonate with me because they are written in a simple and conversational manner which makes them easy to comprehend.

    I struggle with the same things around this time of year. I love the biblical Christmas story but really struggle with all the commercial hustle, bustle and trappings of the season. The awesomeness of God moving throughout heaven and transitioning into full human form, while remaining fully “God,” AND keeping His Holy Spirit woven throughout it all, is….well…simply amazing!!!

    I’d rather abandon my shopping cart right in the middle of the store and then go home to ponder all the meanings of Christ’s birth and it’s celestial impacts on our world.

    • Aminta Geisler on November 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks for reading… and thanks for your insight too!

  3. Sarah Moravchik on November 27, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Wow Aminta!!! Every blog you write speaks to my heart. As if it was written specifically to me from God. Thank you so much. I believe He is using you in the most incredible ways!!!!!!!!!

    • Aminta Geisler on November 29, 2018 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks girl! I appreciate your encouragement and your heart. Hugs!

  4. Abigail on November 27, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    Great truths! Let God fill your heart first and befilled with Him! Such a great reminder as I stress the perfect gift !

    • Aminta Geisler on November 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you so much!

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