A new sport?

We found a new sport on the weekend – to play it you need good planning, a team strategy and determination – sharp elbows also help. The sport is called ‘House Clearance Sales’. You arrive 15 minutes before the sale starts, having briefed your team as to what to go for. The more on your team the better it seems. Each person is given a number and then we wait as random numbers are drawn – once your number is called you have to elbow your way into the house through the crowd. This is why the more on your team the better – you need to appoint a chief buyer. By being a big team you get more numbers and the more chances your number will be called early on – pass the first matching number to chief buyer and the second number to the second in command etc. Once you squeeze into the house run in circles like a mad person trying to locate the pre-selected items so that you can have a quick once over and then rip the purchase tag off before a competitor does – you have to decide quickly.

Needless to say at our first attempt we were unsuccessful. We thought we had come to shop, not realising that this is a competitive sport. We also discovered the need of focus and planning – at one point having failed on our mission I found Ramos eyeing up an old Dictaphone, turning it over lovingly in his hands thinking it might be fun for the kids in the village at home. The problem was the Dictaphone came in a random box of electrical junk and also the Dictaphone was not on our ‘list’. Common sense won the day (without my interference it must be said) and we left the sale empty handed but wiser.

Watching the people at the sale reminded me of the need for dedication and devotion in our walk with God also. We often walk without purpose and lose out on great things God wanted to do through us. We get easily distracted by stuff along the way. Paul tells us to keep our focus and keep our eye on the goal:

Philippians 3:15-16  So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision–you’ll see it yet!  16  Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it. (The Message)

What do you have your eye on today?

I’m linking up this post today with the One Word Blog Carnival – to read other post on Goals click here.


14 Replies to “A new sport?”

  1. Hi Tracey,
    Found you via the Blog Carnival.
    Love the imagery of the house sale in comparison to setting goals for other areas of life. And this line is so true, “We get easily distracted by stuff along the way.”

    Hope you find some good deals at your next ‘House Clearance Sale.’

  2. I think this would be my idea of a “worst nightmare.” It’s hard enough for my wife to get me to a shopping mall. After reading this, I won’t complain (as much).

  3. Oh my gosh, your description scared me — I think I would shut down completely in that situation! Evidently competitive shopping is not for me! Thanks for offering a slice of everyday life, Tracie…really interesting! This week I’ve got my eye on resting in the joy of family as I visit my parents and sister on the East coast — life is good!

  4. Tracey, I loved your illustration. I had the perfect mental picture of a chaotic situation whe you got to the conclusion. It took me by surprise and you definitely made a point there.
    By the way, that’s why I prefer to shop online 🙂

  5. What a crazy thing, these house sales! I would probably love it. 😉

    Love your verse and analogy. It’s definitely given me pause this morning. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from iFellowship. Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  6. Wow, never heard of that type of shopping before! I like sales, but that is just too much for me. LOL.
    Visiting today from iFellowship. I am keeping my eye on the prize 🙂

  7. I love it when everyday things remind me to keep God as my primary focus! I probably would have come home with the dictaphone and the pile of junk that went with it. I’m a sucker for auctions ;D

  8. This sport sounds like fun! Team work is necessary in any relay, and this sport seems to have that too. Working for the Lord also must evolve in team work. The Lone Rangers out there make noise, but working together will get you to the GOAL !!

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