Friday, 22 October 2010

Who moved my bread but left the tea-lights- part two

Anyone who reads this blog will notice that supermarkets are mentioned a lot. Suppose the question to ask is, how much time does the author spend in a supermarket? If I can help it very little, shopping is not my favourite pass time. It goes down with ironing shirts on a Sunday evening. It's a necessity but I can think of so many better things to do. By the way this post is not going to discuss the pros and cons of shopping and the impact this has on society, let's leave that to other blogs. I just wonder whether people are looking for more from a supermarket than it could ever deliver?

Whoever invented trolley's, what an engineering master piece. Think they have to go in the same category as the person who invented cats eyes for roads, they're everywhere! Don't forget that person's idea, of putting a pound in the slot to get a trolley; certainly has stopped our local river from becoming a food cart grave yard. I think the ultimate aim of a trolley is to fill it as high as you possibly can and then spend hours putting everything away in cupboards at the other end. Well supermarket managers would be happy with us doing that at least. A bit like life really; a collection of stuff that we have picked up on our journey, some wanted, some picked up on impulse and other stuff because we took a wrong turn down an isle. We then spend the rest of the time trying to put the unwanted things away and finding ways to use the items we think we really need.

Throughout The Gospels in The Bible, there are examples of where Jesus meets people and knows exactly what is holding them back, preventing them from having a relationship with God. In Mark 10:17-22 (NIV), Jesus meets a young rich man who "fell on his knees" in awe and declares that he has stuck to the commandments. Jesus points out in verse 21 "One thing you lack," He said. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." OK hold your horses and steady on, does that mean we must sell everything? No, but there could be other things in our life preventing us from having a relationship with God. 

After Jesus points out this revelation to the Rich Young Man, in verse 22, at this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. I have had many a "face falling experience" and just wished I listened more. Food for thought?

Saturday, 16 October 2010

A difference is a difference to someone

This is a post with a story that got me and a prayer, that you find your own meaning through Jesus Christ our Lord. This was originally published in a book called The Unexpected Universe by Loren Eisely and called the Star Thrower. 

There was a man who was walking along a sandy beach where thousands of starfish had been washed up on the shore. He noticed a boy picking the starfish one by one and throwing them back into the ocean. The man observed the boy for a few minutes and then asked what he was doing. The boy replied that he was returning the starfish to the sea, otherwise they would die. The man asked how saving a few, when so many were doomed, would make any difference whatsoever? The boy picked up a starfish and threw it back into the ocean and said "Made a difference to that one..." The man left the boy and went home, deep in thought of what the boy had said.  He soon returned to the beach and spent the rest of the day helping the boy throw starfish in to the sea....

Saturday, 9 October 2010

When the numbers are wrong then return with a thud

So I'm in my local supermarket with stuff in the trolley and I'm looking beyond the kiosk and see a queue for the lottery. With many people grasping hold of their really important numbers based on meaningful dates of events in their lives. That's the thing this ticket has so many emotional attachments and expectations; the main one being winning life changing money. It could really be you, this money could really change a life.

How much would it cost to make that change? I was watching the news this morning, when a guest on the show attempted to answer that very question, by saying £100 million would mean that you would no longer need to worry any more. Does that mean £100 million is how much a new life costs?

Then there's that feeling- this could be the time, when that life changing money arrives. The plans that are made, the holidays organised, cars that are bought, the houses that are built and the people that can be helped. Admittedly this is all done in the head.

As the lottery queue grows, each individual clings on to their purchased ticket with faith for that moment and until the numbers are announced, that they are going to win this new life. And that's the thing in reality we are disappointed, because those important dates in our life didn't match the right numbers on the night. It's OK though, because we accept our lot and return with a thud back to our old life. The thing is, it really doesn't have to be like this...

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!