Never Pay Full Price (A Tribute to Laurie Lam)

 “For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” 1Corinthians 6:20

This past Saturday, I had the privilege of attending the memorial service for Laurie Lam, who went home to be with the Lord on March 17, 2012 after a two-year battle with cancer (for those of who don’t know of Laurie, here is a link that would be helpful: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/laurielam).

I thought I would share a reflection about Laurie gained from the time.

Never pay full price… a motto among the miserly, a principle among the practical and a fact among the frugal or, in Laurie’s case, a way of putting fun into shopping.  It was told that she would walk away from the counter of some unsuspecting retailer with a savings of up to ninety percent.  Whenever I experience such a vast savings, I am walking away from a garage sale with something someone else doesn’t want.

Part of the reason why she experienced such joy in never paying full price was because she loved to shop for others.  Even while undergoing as severe a trial as one could experience, she continued to be a giver to others… from giving them hope in Jesus to giving them gifts for which she never paid full price.

Laurie reminds me of the Macedonian believers who “in a great ordeal of affliction… overflowed in the wealth of their liberality”. (2Corinthians 8:2)  Affliction never stops one who loves to give and who gives to love.  Hearing from her beloved husband, Peter, her love keeps on giving through wonderful memories and the knowledge that she lived her life as a victor and not a victim.

Never pay full price… a maxim of living for Laurie Lam, making life a bit more enjoyable.

Never pay full price… a manner of blessing your family and friends with things you cannot afford at retail.

Never pay full price… a method of saving retailers inventory taxes.

Never pay full price… the benefits are innumerable.

Never pay full price… in life and especially in death.

The Bible says that the price tag for sin is death, an incredible price to pay.  In fact, no one can afford to pay its wages.  No one beats death by themselves.  Granted we all will eventually die a physical death, but we do not have to live a spiritually lifeless existence here on earth apart from God or life eternal separated from Him 

Fortunately, no one has to pay the price demanded by sin.  No has to pay full price.  The price has already been paid in full by Jesus.  “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all…” 1Timothy 2:5-6a

As we remember Laurie, we can smile in our hearts because, in death, she didn’t have to pay full price.  Jesus paid her debt in full.

Never pay full price… let Jesus into your life right now for He has already paid the price for you in full.