The Pastor's Peace - May, 2012
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What an interesting and good time we had at the church garage sale last month! There were, of course, the difficult moments, such as putting out all the items and the pricing—oh, the pricing. We did, however. have fun as well. For starters we had all of the interesting items to look at, and we did have quite the selection. I mean, we had everything from a microwavable bacon cooker to the Suzanne Somers thigh master. Now that I think about it, those items would probably go well together. Besides the looking, we also got to do some shopping. I myself bought many items that I probably did not need but were just too good to pass up. We also got to bring joy to people who were looking for deals and found them. Let us also not forget that it was an opportunity for us to get some stuff out of our houses as well. Overall, it was a great experience and we did pretty well, about $1,700 as of last count.

All of this garage sale stuff makes me think of the idea of “old and new.” So often we are attracted to “new” things. We want the new car, or the new house, or the new golf clubs that still won’t improve our golf game. We are taught that old things are not so valuable, unless they appear on something like Antiques Roadshow. However, what is old and what is new is often in the eye of the beholder. All of those “old” items that were donated to the garage sale might seem pretty “new” and
wonderful to others. It is the same item but before, it was old, and now, it is new. I think that could be a good lesson for our lives as well.

Sometimes we might feel that we are old. I don’t mean just in terms of our age, but that we are stuck in the same rut, or that our life will never change. Perhaps we are caught in some pattern that we want to escape, but can’t. We look for some new thing in our self to make that change, or perhaps we rely on some self-help book or latest fad. After all, if we are the same person we were before. how could we become new again? The wonderful thing about Christ in our life is that Christ accepts us as we are.

It is as if we are all at a cosmic garage sale, and instead of being discounted to next to nothing, we are seen as something new, wonderful, and worth any price. To Christ, we are the things he was looking for and finally found. The good news is that we were never old to begin with. We should realize that we are worthy and forgiven, that God has been with us the whole time, and that we will always be new in Christ’s new creation. Realizing our inherent worth that was always there is so much more important than feeling we must always spruce ourselves up to get approval. You are worthy; don’t sell yourself short, and don’t put a low price on something Christ was willing to pay so much for.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian