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For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. Philippians 3:8
One of the things that I am grateful for in this world is garbage collection. Living in a suburban neighborhood as we do, there isn’t much we can do with our garbage except pay to have it picked up. One of our neighbors burns his—or most of it—and it stinks to high heaven when he does! I compost what I can for use in the garden, and we recycle as much as possible, but we can’t get away from the fact that we just can’t deal with the rest ourselves. Thank goodness someone is willing to remove it!
On the fun and interactive educational website, naturebridge.com, I learned that the average American throws away about 4.4 pounds of trash each day. Why does this matter? Well, in 1973, a couple of students at the University of Arizona coined the name “garbology” for a class project, and the idea is now an academic discipline. In other words, you can go to college and major in “the nature and changing patterns in modern refuse, and thereby, human society” (source: Wikipedia.com). These “modern day archaeologists” can tell a whole lot about people by the things they choose to discard. The concept of studying what we regularly throw away has led to public service campaigns, “creative repurposing” of items, and a general awareness of how not to be quite so wasteful.
God has been studying “garbology” since he created the earth. Adam and Eve made quick work of getting rid of that apple core, and God dealt swiftly with them on that issue. But it wasn’t the apple core itself He was concerned with; it was the “sin” of lying about it that broke God’s heart. What God wanted from the first humans He created was a completely trusting and transparent life devoted to Him. Eventually, God sent His only Son to take all of the “junk” out of our lives—emotional, spiritual, mental, and yes, physical. Psalm 103:12 says God removes our transgressions “as far as the east is from the west.” Aren’t you glad He’s is in the “garbage removal” business?
Blessed Redeemer, save us from ourselves and distill our lives down to be lives lived only for You. Amen