Lessons from Yard Sales and Life


I absolutely love flea markets, thrift stores, and yard sales! You might even say I’m a connoisseur of second-hand stuff. I enjoy the surprise, the hunt, and the deals. I know instantly what I like and what I don’t. One pet peeve is no price tags. People will not keep asking you prices. It’s a drag. There are other pet peeves as well. Let's have some fun by looking at different types of yard sales.

Madison Avenue Pricing Yard Sale:

These folks are thinking they have no junk and everything they have is valuable. The prices are usually ridiculous, so people browse briefly and leave. Here’s the kicker… Nicer neighborhoods usually have cheaper prices than average neighborhoods. You would think it would be the opposite.

Country Yard Sale:

At the end of the day, they just throw blankets over the tables till the next day or until the rain shower is gone. They assume no one will steal their junk because it’s hidden.

You Just Need to Throw that Crap Away Yard Sale:

Really? The stuff these folks try to sell is sheer garbage and not worth a dime. Not second-hand stuff, straight to the trash stuff.

Separation Anxiety Yard Sale:

This is a person who keeps changing their mind on selling their items. They literally take things back in the house that they realized still have attachment to.

Lollapalooza Yard Sale:

You actually hit the jackpot. There are so many great things and the price is right. I live for these yard sales.

The Hovercraft Yard Sale: This person follows you as you are browsing and if you even act like you are picking something up, they tell you the whole story behind the object and why they are selling. Tiring. Very tiring.

We all have junk.

So, What Do You Do with the Junk in Your Life?

If you are like the, “Madison Avenue Pricing Yard Sale,” you have a tendency to dress up your junk. You may even see yourself as better than others. If you are like the, “Country Yard Sale,” you cover up any junk in your life and hide it away so nobody knows. You may even feel people won’t like you if they see all your junk. If you are like the, “You Just Need to Throw that Crap Away Yard Sale,” you are in denial. You don’t think you have any junk. It’s all good. But there really are some things you need to get rid of. If you are like the, “Separation Anxiety Yard Sale,” you may be clutching tightly to your junk. You know you need to make some changes, but you can’t bear to let go. You may go back and forth in a relationship by breaking up and making up and the cycle continues. If you are like the, “Lollapalooza Yard Sale,” you joyfully get rid of your junk because you know hanging on the things that no longer useful is not a good idea. You are pretty even keeled. If you are more like the, “Hovercraft Yard Sale,” you have a tendency to talk about your junk all the time. You over-share junk that’s too personal and it makes people uncomfortable.

This is certainly not a scientific quiz, just some comparisons and observations for fun. The true story is we all carry junk around and it’s up to us how long we carry it. We are bound by fear and guilt sometimes and that makes it difficult. Your junk may be drinking, drugs, porn, a relationship, a contrite spirit, a bad attitude, spending, eating, or abusing someone.

We must first admit our junk to God through confession. God is able to heal us of any kind of junk. He will lead us away from activities that hurt, even kill, towards a right relationship with Him. And then He forgets it. God is good that way. Once God forgives you, He truly doesn’t remember it any more. Isaiah 30:18 says, “Therefore, I am He who blots out transgressions, for my own sake, and remember your sins no more.” He knows the best path for us and longs to take our hand and lead us down a more helpful, productive road. All we have to do is leave our junk behind.

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