By: Ted Camp, Silent Word Ministries
It seems that everyone has been to a yard sale. Cars parked hurriedly as a dash is made to find a hidden treasure. One bumper sticker read, “Warning! I brake quickly for yard sales.” As you shop there is the bargaining for cheaper prices. You pick it up, look at it, put it down and wait for the person to say, “I’ll let you have that for only.....” Another bargain! You take it home to put with all the other yard sale items, so one day you can sell them in your yard sale.
But, there have been some treasures found at yard sales. My favorite story was told by Ron Mehl in “One man’s Junk...Another Man’s Treasure.” (Condensed for this article). “A man was going through all the items at a yard sale until he came to an old Harley motorcycle. He asked, “Is the bike for sale?” The owner said, “The wife says it’s all got to go. But I will warn ya. That bike will not run.” The man asked, “How much for it?” “I could get $35 for scrap. How does that sound?” The man finally bought the motorcycle.
Later, he called Harley-Davidson for parts. The service man asked for the serial number of the motorcycle. The man waited and waited for the estimate. Finally, the man returned and talked strange, “Uh, sir...I’m going to have to call you back, okay?” The man was concerned because they wanted his name and address. Was the bike stolen? The man worried for a couple of days then the telephone rang. It was not the parts man but a Harley executive.
The man was very friendly. “I will wait. Will you please take the seat off the bike and see if anything is written under the seat?” The man looked and said, “Yes, It’s engraved, “THE KING.” “Sir, I have been authorized to offer you $300,000 for the bike, payable immediately. Do we have a deal?” The man said, “I will think about it.” The next day the man received a call from Jay Leno and was offered $500,000 for the bike. “The King” of course, was none other than Elvis Presley.
Think about it! The $35 yard-sale bike was worth a half a million dollars. Also, the man who sold the bike for $35 never knew or was aware the true value he possessed. It is sad that many are not aware of the many treasures they possess. The treasure of health, life, family, love, blessings and many countless things.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done. You cannot place value upon time with loved ones, the touch of a mate, the birth of a child, or the hug of a grandchild. As the ad, “Time with family priceless, but for everything else there is Master Charge.” It is sad that some do not know the true value of something until it is too late to appreciate it.
We need to make the most of the present treasured moments. We need to take time to build precious memories with loved ones and friends. Don’t love things, but love people. As Christians we are all hidden treasures waiting to be revealed in due time by God. As one Christian said, “I am a rich man, I just can’t put my hands on it, at this time.” We all have many hidden valuable treasures. Learn to appreciate them and seek to make the days ahead the best you have ever known. These are Words of Wisdom.
Ted Camp is director of Silent Word Ministries, a worldwide ministry to the deaf based in Trenton. E-mail him at TC@silentword.org to be added to the email list for weekly articles or phone (706) 657-8000.