Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lessons Learned from My Secret Guilty Pleasure.

Everyone has a secret guilty pleasure. You know, something that you enjoy that no one else knows about. For some of you it might be knitting. For others it might be reading books on the subject of Advanced Quantum Physics. For some of you  it might be listening to Barry Manilow and singing the song "Mandy" in the mirror using your deodorant as a pretend microphone. (that's messed up, really)

Not for me. For me, it's watching the Antique Roadshow. If you've never seen the Antique Roadshow, (or The Roadshow as insiders refer to it) let me explain it to you.

Essentially what happens is this:  Someone digs around their attic or garage and finds something that their late Aunt Bertha gave to them when she passed away. Aunt Bertha's are usually reliable in what they bequeath to you.

So the person finds this ancient relic and then they take it to a taping of The Roadshow. Once there, an antiques specialists takes a look at it and tells people the background information on the antique and more. The biggest part of the show is when the antique specialist reveals how much the antique is worth.

You can learn a lot in this moment. I have learned that there are 3 things that usually happen.

1. Antique is Worth More than You Thought- This is always fun to watch. The antique specialist reveals the worth and instantly you see surprise on the person's face. It's that expression that says: "Holy Crap, and to think that I've been using it as a door stop." The surprise  look fades to the a big smile that is accompanied by the thought, "Forget Aunt Bertha, this bad boy is gonna get me a new Minivan!

2. Antique is Less than You Thought -This has to be one of the most painful things to watch. It's just sad to see that people invested money in something that they thought was super valuable but turns out that it's worth nothing. I saw this happen once. This lady had purchased these Chinese Vases for $500. She took them to AR to get them appraised for "insurance" purposes. (or she really wanted a Minivan). As it turned out they were counterfeit. They weren't even worth the $500 she paid for them. She stood there in horror as the antiques guy explained to her how she had been duped. I wanted to jump through the TV and hug her.

3. Antique is Absolutely Priceless - This is the best ever. You see a person who brings something in and they have a feeling that it's worth something. Then you see the antique specialist get all giddy like a teenage girl who just got asked out by her crush. They excitedly talk about each little part of the antique as if the world is about to end.  The want to share the news with everyone that they run across. LOOK WHAT I'VE FOUND!  It's pretty intense.....well in an antique kind of way.

As I've grown older I've learned the same lessons in life.

1. Certain Things are Worth More  - if you've seen the movie "UP" you know what I'm talking about. Things like family and friends are worth more the older that you get. You live for these moments. I love playing with my kids because it's those memories that will last a lifetime. I like helping others because it will make their lives better. These things are worth more now that I'm older.

2. Certain Things are Worth Less- The more that I find more value in the things mentioned in #1, I find less value in other things. Money. Status.  These things just aren't as valuable to me as they used to be. Sometimes I'll look on Facebook and look through different profiles. I'll see people trying desperately to get ahead in life. I'll see people spending most weekends getting drunk enough to forget life. I see people who are so desperate for physical affection that they will do anything.These things might have appealed to me at one time as a teenager but looking at people doing it now just makes me sad. It's like we invest in worthless things in the hope that they might be extremely valuable. 9 times out of 10 we miss and waste our time and money.

3. One Thing is Priceless - I'm not shy about my faith. Well at least not on this blog. The truth is this. My relationship with God is absolutely priceless. It's something that as I was beginning my journey I knew that it was probably important and valuable but I had no clue that it was life changing. When I decided to follow Christ my life changed in a way that could never be described. I'm often overwhelmed because the Creator of EVERYTHING seeks to know me. It's best explained with this verse in Matthew 13.

 44"God's kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years and then accidentally found by a trespasser. The finder is ecstatic—what a find!—and proceeds to sell everything he owns to raise money and buy that field.

A relationship with God is worth so much that you could give EVERYTHING to have that relationship and still you would come out on top. In other words, a relationship with God is worth more than you can ever have.

If you don't know this relationship, I encourage you to check it out. It can be overwhelming but it's so incredibly worth it. If you have any questions you can email me at  

If you do know this relationship, get excited! Describe it to others and be giddy like a teenage girl!!! You could be like the guys in the video below. Enjoy!

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