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Do you love or hate them or beg neutrality? We are having a garage sale this weekend.
Our unique value systems determine our responses to yard, estate, rummage or antique sales. Some because of their values about sanitation, social mixing, guaranteed merchandize, etc. don’t break for garage sales but accelerate past them to a predictable merchant.
Others have eager hope to find great deals. Perhaps a new couple with modest income is looking to outfit their home economically. Sometimes a monied investor is looking for a rare find and a gullible seller.
Jesus told stories of masters who gave servants wealth to manage and grow while the bosses were away on extended journeys. There is the parable of the minis (Luke 19:11-27) and the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). These were big chunks of change. For example, if you were given a talent of gold you would have a 75 pound block of the stuff. At today’s price of gold ($1313/ounce) that block would be worth $1,575,600. The day’s wage in that time was about 10 cents of silver. For even numbers, place today’s wage at $100. We may add tree more zeros to the number above to show purchasing power! Do you think they tried to multiply their wealth at garage sales?
For us, a garage sale means lightening the ship. We have too much ballast! Of course, getting a bit of pocket change in the process is also a benefit. Pam and I decided that all income from this sale is going to help the persecuted church. For this garage sale I am intentionally seeking to let my light shine for Jesus Christ. Want to come and shine with me?
Steven C Johnson
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