Did you see any of the videos of the black Friday madness as people fought each other for cell phones and mp3 players? It’s such a strange juxtaposition to go from giving thanks for all that God has provided on Thanksgiving – to fighting each other for the most meaningless things on Black Friday. But it really gives us a glimpse into the human heart, doesn't it? Back in the Garden, we were given dominion over the whole world, but we resented that God had dominion over us and that our dominion was subject to his. And so, like the Black Friday shoppers, we grasped for things that were not ours to take. We grasped for power and chose to be our own kings and queens. We've always wanted to have dominion. But as we close out this year, will we be like those black Friday shoppers – grasping after stuff that doesn’t even matter? Or will we open our hands and hearts to God and receive whatever he will give? Will we be like our first parents – grasping for power and control, and choose to be our own king? Or will we surrender our wills to his? And allow him to truly be king in our lives? We will continue to insist on enthroning ourselves? Or will we enthrone Jesus in our hearts as King? Will we perceive his coming as a threat and reject his rule in our lives? Or will we receive him joyfully when he comes? Ultimately it all comes down to that one choice: Who’s going to be king in your life? Will you exalt yourself, or will you exalt Jesus as king?