- Religion and Philosophy
There is a God? That's garbage!
Call me sad, but I love to recycle. Whenever we have a clear-out at home, the first priority is to see what we can take to the charity/thrift shop. This gives me a warm feeling at the thought of someone else being able to use what we no longer need, as well as the charity benefiting financially from the sale.
Bins, bins and more bins
If it's not good enough for the charity shop, we then see if it can be recycled. I joke that if the town council give us any more dustbins we will need a larger garden! There is the orange bin for recycling cans, paper, cardboard etc and the green one for garden waste. And of course the black one for non-recyclable stuff.
When your life feels like garbage
Putting stuff in the bin is a bit like life really, for which of us hasn't felt at times that our life is rubbish? Whether it's because of what we have done, what someone else has done to us or simply because of circumstances, we can feel that life just ain't worth living anymore.
What can compare to knowing Jesus?
The Bible tells us that for Jesus' sake, St Paul threw everything away as he considered it all as mere garbage, so that he might gain Christ. Now that may have meant possessions, his wealth or his social standing. Whatever it was he counted everything else as worthless compared with the value of knowing Jesus as his Lord.
God too is in the recycling business
Just as with our household waste, our lives can do with a spring clean, at any time of the year. The opportunity to get rid of things that aren't good for us, that weigh on our conscience perhaps, but certainly get in the way of having a good relationship with God.
And the good news is that God too is in the recycling business. 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 confirms that “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” Whatever we have said or done, God doesn't consign us to the rubbish heap. A new beginning is there for the asking.
Time for a clear-out in your life?