Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SALE! SALE! SALE! by Denise Chand

One definition of sale is: “a special disposal of goods, as at reduced prices”. Did you see that …”at reduced prices”? Now, which woman (or man, yes, there are some men who also love a sale) would walk away from a sale, especially if the sale is where she likes to shop? Not me!

You can’t go wrong with that! I had found a pair of jeans which fit perfectly, accentuating all the right areas (most women know it’s very difficult to find a pair of jeans which fits well). I was in my glory. A few months later I went back to the same store to buy another pair of jeans, and low and behold right there before my eyes was a sale sign, “Buy one pair and get the second at ½ price”. As I composed myself, walking ever so calmly towards the table where the jeans were displayed, I heard my inner voice say, You can’t go wrong with that – right there and then I knew I had lost control. I tried on at least 10 pairs of jeans in order to buy the second pair for ½ price, but I wasn’t satisfied with the selection. I was now exhausted and sweaty; the sales clerk was ready to walk away from the commission she would possibly get from my sale. But how could I walk away from such a great deal? I did what any other woman would do… I bought two of the same pair of jeans! Don’t judge me…I’m sure you’ve done the same thing at some point or time in your travels as you came upon a store with a sale sign hanging in the front window!

Temporary Solution! The final incident which made me realize I could be heading for serious trouble if I didn’t uproot this addiction to sales, occurred when I bought banana bread on sale – I don’t eat banana bread! I was on my way home and walked by a bakery. I could smell the delicious aroma of freshly baked bread dancing around my nostrils, but it wasn’t strong enough to stop me. What stopped me was when I heard the sales clerk shout, “Right out of the oven, fresh banana bread, 2 for $5.00.” You can’t go wrong with that! The loaves were hot, right out of the oven and I bought 2 for $5.00! After I left the bakery with my banana loafs in hand, the voice of reason, the voice of wisdom – my best friend, reminded me that I don’t eat banana bread. And that she was right! It was then I decided to help myself - I will limit my visit to all retail stores from now on. The same way an alcoholic should avoid bars, I needed to avoid retail stores!

It worked for a while – well, I thought it did until recently. Walmart had its anniversary sale! Unaware of the sale, I visited Walmart to pick up a few things. It was more crowded than usual, but what really caught my attention was the number of paper towel and toilet paper in everyone’s carts - and it so happened that I needed them both! I then found out about the special sales…you can’t go wrong with that! I bought enough toilet paper and paper towel to keep me clean and dry for the next few months, where I had to store some in the trunk of my vehicle because I didn’t have enough storage space at home!

Lesson taught, Lesson learned! Putting a band-aid over a serious wound won’t heal it - it could turn into gangrene (Ok, I know the aforementioned doesn’t seem serious, but it had the potential to turn into a serious addiction). Self-discipline is difficult for some, and using “positive thinking” doesn’t necessarily combat whatever it is we’re disciplining ourselves from - we need something that will go to the root of the issue and uproot it, completely freeing us from it. The Word of God does exactly that. Getting the Word in your spirit will make you what it talks about.

The Truth! We are more than conquerors, we live an overcoming life. 
Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us. Rom 8:37AMP.
Little children, you are of God, you belong to Him, and have already defeated and overcome them, because He Who lives in you is greater and mightier than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4AMP
Whatever it is, whatever the situation, whatever the circumstance know you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Phil 4:13NLT). And remember Greater is he that is in you than he that is of this world! You can live a victorious life – yes, you can! When the Word of God gets into our spirit, we’ll pass to the next and higher level of success. We cannot be disadvantaged, defeated or limited. In all these things we are more than conquerors. 

I’m living in victory! I’m more than a conqueror – I’ve conquered the “You can’t go wrong with that!”

Denise

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