What’s in a name?

arrow-964733_1920I was just visiting with my brother this past week.  He mentioned the show “American Pickers”, which I thought was maybe something about guitar and banjo players.  I mean, that’s what the name sounds like, right?

Wrong.  Evidently, the show is about people who find treasures in junk shops. 

Ahhhhh!!  A show after my own heart!

I love—I mean, love—second-hand/thrift store/junque shoppes.  Whatever spin you may want to put on it, just let me find a good bargain.  A treasure.  Something others have discarded that has value in the eye of the beholder.

Now, granted, an old piece of silver will need to be polished to make it shine.  That means a little personal investment of time and elbow grease, but oh-so-pretty when it’s finished! 

A cracked piece of pottery made need to be broken up and added to other similarly “rearranged” pieces of pottery to be repurposed into a piece of art.

You know those small flower vases, the clear plastic or glass ones that collect dust in the back closet?  Neighbors enjoy finding those on their front step filled with garden zinnias.  (Nope, don’t need the vase back…please don’t give me the vase back.)

There is also treasure in everyone, everyone who is made in the image of God, that is. 

Oh, wait, that’s everyone.

“So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!”

Paul got it.  He experienced it for himself, how Jesus saw the treasure within him—tarnished though it was by legalism and pride—and brought it out for polishing and effective use. 

Peter understood this by experience also, how Jesus could take a BFF relationship gone horribly south and see something much better, redemptively better. 

I guess I’m already an American Picker, in a sense.  Now I’d like to work on being a “God Picker”, like he’s done with me.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Author: dawnlizjones

Tends toward TMI, so here's the short list: guitar and banjo (both of which have been much neglected as of late), bicycling (ibid), dogs, very black tea, and contemplating and commenting on deep philosophical thoughts about which I have had no academic or professional training. Oh, also reading, writing, but I shy away from arithmetic.

4 thoughts on “What’s in a name?”

  1. So true! In the parable of the buried treasure, we are the treasure Jesus spots, giving up everything he has (even life itself) to claim us. I’ve pictured myself buried in the ground or at the bottom of a muddy swamp (C.S.Lewis’ metaphor), but never in a second-hand shop. J.

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