“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”
[The following originated in a spirited discussion held a few weeks back. The conversation involved anywhere from two or three up to, at times, six or seven.
There were MANY valid points raised by various participants during this discussion. Several of those valid points have been remembered and are reproduced for this article.]
During a recent discussion, the topic turned to RETAIL and why many are just not that enthused about ‘shopping’ as they once were.
“You have to have a choice to do any REALLY effective shopping: there’s no choices any more!”
“You have a LOT of choices. Many of those choices just involve you paying for something today and getting it next week.”
“I’m talking about eating out. Who wants to eat out any more? A burger and fries can cost you nine-ten bucks!”
“IF you are lucky!”
“McDonald’s still has all sizes of their coffee for one dollar. That’s a good deal!”
“Not any more: a large coffee NOW is gonna set you back about a buck fifty!”
“I didn’t know that.”
It doesn’t matter: when most people buy a coffee, they get something to eat with it. The “something to eat” is where they get you!”
“At least they have coffee.”
“What do you mean?”
“A LOT of places to eat get you drooling by advertising delicious-looking and delicious-sounding food. But when you order that food, they say, “I’m sorry: we’re out of that right now. Can I get you something else? How about a basket of fries?”
“At least they’re open! I went to the dollar store last week and got out of the car and a worker said, “Sorry, we’re closed. Check back tomorrow.”
“You know, there’s TWO THINGS that would go a LONG WAY toward helping someone build a successful retail operation these days.”
“One, keep regular hours. Stay open all week the hours you are advertised to be open.”
“You can’t sell something if you’re not open.”
“And two: make sure you have merchandise someone wants and make sure it’s IN STOCK! Who wants to go to the store to buy drain cleaner to open a clogged drain and they don’t have any! BUT, they offer to sell you some ON-LINE if you wait a day or two. BUT, the drain’s clogged NOW!”
“Sounds reasonable to me.”
After a few more minutes, the conversation then moved on to other topics.
Some of those who joined in laughed at some of the remarks made, but NONE of those who laughed got the ‘back-up‘ they were looking for and so, the laughs quickly died out.
But, MOST of the points elicited nods and agreement, not laughter.
Especially those having to do with stores not opening and there being little merchandise for sale when they are open.
HAS the reader noticed the changes in his shopping habits?
ARE these changes due to the reader or to the businesses the reader frequents?
It is not YET too late: there is still a LITTLE time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 14, 2022.]
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