Story Time- Selling That Ugly Chair

Many years ago in what seems like another lifetime to me, I sold office furniture. During my first week, one of the senior sales people told me, “remember Matt ugly sells.” I wondered what he meant by that.

There was a chair on the display floor that I thought would never sell. It was UGLY at least to me. I realized what that senior sales person was talking about during that first week on the job. A married couple walked in and after seeing that ugly chair excitedly expressed, “what a beautiful chair.” The chair was already marked down with a ‘final’ price which they eagerly paid. I was happy to have the sale, but wondered about their taste.

The worth or value of anything depends on what worth or value we place on it. For me that ugly chair was not worth the asking price. For that married couple, that ugly chair was a bargain at its clearance price.

As we celebrate Christmas, part of that is celebrating the worth or value God places on us. God values us so much that he sent Jesus to be our Savior by being born as a human baby for the purpose of growing to be man to die for us on the cross. Romans 8:32 puts it this way:

He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

The classic Christmas song O Holy Night has a lyric that expresses it as:

“Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth”

If we ever wonder what we are worth to God, we only need to think of Jesus leaving heaven to come as a human baby to become our Savior. As the acronym says:






Thank you for reading. God Bless.

22 thoughts on “Story Time- Selling That Ugly Chair

  1. Sometimes our thoughts and behavior are nothing better than an ugly old office chair YET Christ still paid the ultimate price for our sins out of pure love. He sees the best in us regardless of the ugly. We are incredibly blessed by His mercy and grace.
    Love that ‘grace’ acronym you used! How are you?

  2. Thank you Big Bro for the reminder, you are always an inspiration and I as read the words it lights the path to knowing that God is for us and what we see as ugly God sees as beauty. Also never heard or seen that acronym going into my treasure box. Thanks again and happy Friday to you. Blessings 🥰🤗

  3. I like that acronym. And your writing reminds me of the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I am thankful Jesus sees us all as beautiful, regardless of our condition.

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