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From the DayBreaks Archive, 4/07/2005:
We live in the country, about 5 miles outside of the town of Cloverdale, California. It is peaceful and quiet and we have a view of the vineyards of California’s fabled Sonoma county out of our front window. Living in the country is great, but it does have its challenges. What happens if the well runs dry? No city water here. What happens if you need an ambulance? You’ve got to wait longer than someone in the city – and those extra minutes can be the difference between life and death. What about the septic tank? It has to be pumped out every few years. And what about garbage? Many in the country life around us haul their garbage to the dump themselves about once a month. Not me. I’m pleased to say that there’s a garbage service that picks up our trash and hauls it off for us! Of course, I have to get the trash cans down to the road so they’ll pick them up (about a quarter of a mile down a driveway with two hairpin turns in it), but as long as I have them there, they pick up the trash.
One of the things that it seems pastors are always trying to do is find ways to save money and make their income go a bit further. And so, I must say that we’ve thought about stopping our garbage collection and starting to haul our own trash to the dump. But after checking into it, it doesn’t seem that we’d really save that much (especially now with gasoline hitting the $2.499 mark in town and the dump being about 20 miles away!) Here’s the bad news: we can’t just stop creating “garbage”. No matter how hard we try, there’s junk mail to be thrown away, food wrapping, paper towels from cleaning up after the puppy who still isn’t housebroken, egg shells, milk cartons and assorted other things. Trash happens.
Our lives are often piled deep with trash. We seem to not be able to stop creating trash. Some of it may be thought trash, some may be language trash, some may be emotional trash – we all have all kinds of trash. The good news is that none of our trash will follow us to heaven. Whatever is broken in us will be healed. Whatever is lacking will be supplied. Whatever is dross will be removed. We will have no trash left. God’s new creation will have no trash!
The day is coming when my life will be trash free, when I will never again need a garbage truck. When I will never again need to seek forgiveness, for sin will be no more. That’ll be a great day!
PRAYER: Lord, we so look forward to the day that sin will be no more – either in ourselves, or in others! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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