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Man Sells His Life on e-Bay

Last year an unhappy man in Australia decided to put his whole life up for sale. Ian Usher, a British immigrant to Australia, wanted a fresh start after a painful breakup with his wife of five years. So he was going to put everything up for auction on e-Bay.

Everything. His possessions: a three-bedroom house in Perth and everything in it, his car, motorcycle, jet ski, parachuting gear. His job—the rug store where he worked was willing to give the high bidder a two-week trial. And even a one-time introduction to his friends, who were cooperating.

Everything had to be bought in one package, all or nothing, and the low bid had to exceed $390,000, the upper end of a realtor’s valuation of his house.

After the auction, Ian’s plans were to go to the airport, ask the flight desk where the next flight with an available seat went, and get on and see where life took him.

  • Many people are searching for something more in life. Jesus said He is the Bread of life (John 6:35)—that is, He is the One who brings fulfillment.
  • Many people are searching for a new start in life. God has one for us. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
  • We will all suffer setbacks in life. The key is how we respond to those setbacks.

    Reference: Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press, “Bored with your life? Bid on this guy’s,” MSNBC.com (3-19-08)