Friday, May 30, 2008

One Man's Treasure.....

In this week's Friday Five, Songbird asks:

1) Are you a garage saler? I like to stop at one now and then. By the time I get around to it, the choices are pretty slim. I'm not an early riser.

2) If so, are you an immediate buyer or a risk taker who comes back later when prices are lower? If I see something that I like or think I have a use for, then I just buy it right away. Chances are that I won't get back to the sale.

3) Seriously, if you're not a garage saler, you are probably not going to want to play this one.(That wasn't really #3.)3) This is the real #3: What's the best treasure you've found at a yard or garage sale? Even though it wasn't for myself, it was the best deal ever for my nephew. We bought a toy gun that shoots foam balls. Retail about $20.00. Our price, $1.00. But that's not all. The lady gave us the 20 balls, a target, and a bag to hold it all.....at no extra cost.

4)If you've done one yourself, at church or at home, was it worth the effort? I have helped my church on a couple of occasions. Yes, it was well worth the effort. Everyone got rid of the stuff that had been cluttering their homes/yards and we made a good sum of money in just a few short hours.

5) Can you bring yourself to haggle? Oh yeah! What is the worst that can happen? The seller can say, "no deal". Most of the time stuff is priced too high anyway.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Back to the Future?

I am a bit of a sci-fi fan, but I don't care for the ones about aliens and such. The ones I most enjoy are the ones that are likely to become reality in the future. Take flying to the moon for instance; it is a reality now, but a hundred years ago it was considered a sci-fi idea.

And what does that have to do with today's post. Very little, except the fact that things are constantly changing, yet they stay the same. It is simple really. Just take a look at what this ancient king had to say about life.

8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing. 9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:8,9 NIV

Solomon received wisdom from God because he asked for it. He received favor from God because he asked for wisdom instead or riches or fame. He had the three most coveted things of men everywhere; wealth, wisdom, and women. Yet in all of his majesty, he was not satisfied.

9 Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. 10 Whatever exists has already been named, and what man is has been known; no man can contend with one who is stronger than he. 11 The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? 12 For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow? Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone. Ecclesiastes 6:9-12 NIV

God is the only one that knows every aspect of the past, present, and future. Our lives are held in His grasp. A Christian's past has been covered by the blood of Jesus, his present is being shaped by the Holy Spirit, and his future is determined by the choices that he makes.

12 Although a wicked man commits a hundred crimes and still lives a long time, I know that it will go better with God-fearing men, who are reverent before God. 13 Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow. Ecclesiastes 8:12,13

In the end, it will be truth that will stand the test of time. Truth that can not be refuted or changed. The living Truth within the Christian gives him both strength and hope eternal. Outside of the Truth, there is no life.

10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one Shepherd. Ecclesiastes 12:10,11

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