The Salesman

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I remember going to shop for a car, the salesman was quick to greet, was extremely friendly, tried to chat me up to get me to like him. That’s his job, to get people to like him because it is easier for him to sell us a car if we like him. It’s harder to say no to someone you like. Now, with salesman, maybe they are friendly people by nature, but for most, it is a show, a game, a ploy. Because, they have an agenda, they want to make money by selling you a car. Well, DUH! But, did you ever think about some of the tactics they use? Like I mentioned, they like to make you think they are your friend. Try to find out things about you that they can use later to help them, ask about family and such for example. Then, of course, they start showing you cars and they seem to prefer showing the more expensive models, with all the extra features. They want you to want the extras, that means a bigger commission for them. Then, the test drive, they make sure to emphasize the good features, and minimize any bad. Then, afterwards, if they sense hesitation, sometimes they encourage you to take the car home for the night, drive it to the store and such. A couple reasons for that is that it can make you want it more, sort of talk yourself into it and also that it makes most people feel some obligation. They guilt you into being more likely to buy it.

THEN, the negotiations begin, they tell you all the stuff they recommend, try to get you to agree to a lot of options, talk about possible trade in, then, the list price. They always have different discounts to throw on there, then, ask about financing. Then, finally they show you a price, sort of, because a lot will actually say how much your payments will be, not the actual cost. They obscure information that you should have to make the right decision for yourself. Eventually, if you really want to buy, then make an offer, they will have to go talk with a manager, then, eventually come back with a minimal reduction. This goes on for a while and maybe a price is agreed on. Then, they want to add extended warranty, treating the interior, rustproofing, etc all to bump the price back up again. If you say no to something, they start getting a little condescending and will talk down to you. Personally, THAT is when the negotiations stop and I walk out, but that’s me.

If you start to seem like you are getting cold feet, then your “friendly car sales person” often becomes a bit hostile. Hmmm, what happened to the buddy, buddy stuff? Maybe instead of that they get even more chummy than they were previously. They all have a little different tactics they use, but all to get your money into their pockets.

So many ways they manipulate people, they are taught to do so. Try to find a weakness and exploit it. I think about people that I know and know of, that are that way too. They look for a vulnerability and exploit it. All the while acting like a friend to the person they are dealing with at the time. All the while, having their own agenda that they are concerned about, not the person they are supposedly helping. At times, they try hard to ingratiate themselves to the persons family or friends who then support the person’s agenda.

There are others in the world, believers (maybe I should say some that claim to be believers) and nonbelievers, that are selling things; false believes, pushing their own agenda for self gain or in other ways seeking to manipulate others for their own benefit. Sometimes through smooth talking, sometimes through giving gifts or donations. Unfortunately, there are people that are sometimes deceived by the “salesman” and end up suffering one way or another in the long run. Temporarily they may obtain, of feel they have obtained, some sort of benefit from the “purchase” they made. Perhaps they do benefit in one manner, but the benefit comes at a tremendous cost. If a false prophet, then they risk losing their souls. But there are many other ways these people lose when they fall prey to the person “selling” them whatever it is they are using to manipulate them.

I suspect all have been deceived in one manner or another by this type of person. I know I have been naïve and bought something I either didn’t need or had a true cost far more than I realized at the time. Does anyone remember the tape of the month clubs? You would get a bunch of cassette tapes for a penny, but the fine print says that after that you have to buy a certain amount of tapes at regular price in a year. If you didn’t return a card they sent by a certain date they would ship the next month’s tape and you were billed. Well, the notice usually came less than a day or two before the tape would ship and there was no way that one could mail the notice back in time if they didn’t want that particular tape. So, the tape arrives, something you don’t want and it was higher priced than you could have bought at a local record store.

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

 

13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore [it is] no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7:15

 

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men’s] bones, and of all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27

 

There are many other verses that discuss deceivers, those who would manipulate and use for their own personal gain, with no regard for those they trick. There are churches that teach false doctrine (thankfully where I go this is not the case.) There are individuals that use others in different ways. We must be ever vigil to avoid falling into these peoples traps. I have fallen victim at times but have learned. I suspect I have other lessons to learn as well, but I will be more diligent in the future and hopefully avoid such situations.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

2 Peter 10-12

 

Lord, I thank You for the wise teachings You give me. I praise You for the guidance You give and how You give me tools to help me avoid falling into various traps in life. And, helping me avoid worse damage if I do fall victim. I pray in Jesus name that You continue to help me with these things and help me not succumb to those who would use me and cause me suffering. I pray that You help others see the truth about things so they make wise decisions as well. Lord, please draw us all to You and give us the heart and mind of Christ.

Amen.

 

I hope all have a great day. Thanks for the visit. And, of course, try to be a blessing to someone.

 

 

Beach Glass

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My daughter used to live near the coast and went to the beach often. She would look for shells and such and one day, found what looked to be a small bluish colored stone of some sort, she picked it up and took it with her. After some research, she found out it was beach glass. It is broken pieces of glass, bottles, etc that is washed around in the sand, getting smoothed and polished, will, not polished as it gets a frosted appearance, but the sharp edges get smooth and the pieces vary in size, color and shape. A couple years ago I was up in Nome, Alaska and while down town (downtown aint big by the way) I walked onto the beach and was looking at stones and maybe some shells to bring back for the grandkids as they like that sort of thing. While looking I found a few pieces of beach glass, some brown, others blue, green, white, red and amber. It seems that at one time everyone felt it was fine to through their trash onto the beach. Bottles and everything. The bottles would get broken by the surf and eventually turned into the pieces I was finding. There were also some fires in Nome around 1900 and when they were getting ready to rebuild they salvaged what they could and threw the rest onto the beach. Same as the bottles, the surf broke up the glass from the windows and bottles and such and eventually it became the beach glass. Individual pieces are kind of neat, but when a bunch of different colored pieces are put into a small vase, maybe made into jewelry it is really neat. I have also seen it used to make a sort of stained glass window or mosaic to hang up as a sun-catcher. All the different ways are fascinating, especially the sun catchers.

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Thinking on this, reminds me of the post about upcycling, taking things that are broken and damaged, then turning them into something different, more beautiful and with a different function. God takes us, when we are broken, damaged, no longer useful for our initial purpose, allows us to go through trials and tribulations to buff off and smooth the rough edges, sand us and then, gathers us up to make us into something useful in His service.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28

 

19 And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
20 That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.

Ezekiel 11:19-20

 

At one time, I most definitely had a stony heart. I was cold, callous, bitter and angry. Christ worked in my heart and made the change in me. He removed the things from me that made my heart so hard. He redeemed me of my sins. He forgave me when I did not deserve it. WHAT A MIGHTY, MERCIFUL and AWESOME GOD WE SERVE! He takes us when we are broken, damaged, battered and bruised and makes something He finds beautiful that He can use.

 

Lord, I praise You and thank You for all You have done for me. You gave me salvation and deliverance from sin. You removed the hurt, anger and pain and replaced it with Your love, kindness and grace. In Jesus Name I pray that You continue the work in my heart. Help me know Christ better. Help me better serve You. Draw me and all my loved ones to You. Show us all Your plans for us and help us to move our human selves out of Your way, help us see where we have failed You and help us make the changes we can, while we seek You to make the big changes.

Amen

 

I know I say this pretty much every post, but I truly appreciate those who take time to read them. I hope that someone gets a blessing out of this. I know He blesses me with every post I make when I take time to pray and study the scripture as I work through my thoughts and issues. Have a blessed day and I hope all can be a blessing to someone else.