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?

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