The Junk We Save

I don’t know about you, but I have a junk drawer.  Often it is filled to the brim with papers that need time to attend to and things that need to find their more permanent place in our home.  Other times items are in the drawer because I’m not ready to throw them out yet.

I was on a walk the other day and saw a pile of junk.  Trash parts from broken down bicycles.  It was interesting to me, since I am not a bike mechanic, that I couldn’t see the value in this collection of junk.

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And yet, you may notice there is a green wire connecting the pieces.  What I know about Vietnam is that there is someone that will be coming along to collect these parts and deliver them to where they have value.  Where they can be repurposed and be used well.

And isn’t that just like us?

 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

While we were a pile of rubbish (dirty, broken, not in any way useful) God loved us enough to see the potential.  To pick us up and deliver us to a place where we can be repurposed (born into a new life).  Thank you Jesus!

 

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Broken Down vs. What We Could Be

Have you ever felt empty? run down? plumb worn out?

This abandoned house reminds me that on our own, we sometimes don’t take care of ourselves the way we should.  We might neglect maintenance type things and then suddenly are are a broken down wreck of our former selves.

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Consider the words of Paul to the Corinthians:

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body.”

– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Remember the precious gift that you are are.  The price that was paid to save you from sin.  Ask the Holy Spirit to guide and direct your choices, today and always.

Let Your Light Shine

We see evidence of recycling and repurposing things every day.  There are many people driving around these vehicles collecting all manner of “trash”.  They sort and sell what they can to provide for their families.

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Recently I noticed a wall where the builder had creatively used broken glass to add protection at the top of a wall.

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Now bottles that weren’t broken would be sold back to a place that bottles drinks or possibly repurposed in a way that actually uses the bottle to hold something.  And yet in this application, the broken bottle gets a new life, a purpose beyond what the bottle maker may have imagined.

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Not so with our creator, He created us with a purpose in mind.  Sometimes with free will we head off in a direction that isn’t within the will of our creator.  When that happens, we are often broken and humbled so that we can see the Father’s will for our lives.

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Our calling and purpose is to reflect the love of the Son…like the glass on the wall reflects the light of the sun.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” – Matthew 5:16

Seeing God’s Love in Your Surroundings

Have you ever looked up in the sky and seen a cloud in the shape of a heart?  Or maybe in the springtime you’ve seen an image like this….

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Isn’t it awesome how the momma hen is created to know how to care for her young?

When I saw this image below, I had to snap a pic.  I noticed the heart immediately.  Upon closer inspection, the heart shape is broken out of an egg shell.

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That got me thinking about how the egg shell must be broken in order for the new life (baby chick) to emerge.  Much like our old self must be broken before our new life in Christ can occur.  And isn’t that a picture of the greatest love of all?!?!?

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

Gathering Together and How We are Sometimes Like Snails

I just love the image below.  When I first took the picture, I thought look at all these HUGE snails!!

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But as I look closer, I notice that although they look similar these snails have subtle differences.  Also that they are gathering together.  And isn’t that like us as humans.  Often we gather with those that are most similar to us.

I have found recently that I am much more intentional about the time spent gathering with others.  I realize that in the hustle & bustle of daily life, I want to ensure that my “gathering times” have purpose and meaning.  That they add value to my family and my life.

Additionally, I intentionally plan some gatherings with those that might have a different perspective so that we might learn from one another.

I challenge you in the week ahead to gather with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  If you don’t have a church fellowship, I encourage you to be “quicker than a snail” in finding one.

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”   – Hebrews 10:24-25

The Street Chickens Have the Right Idea

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We pass these street chickens…well rooster & hen…while walking to school daily.  They are always together and are so different in appearance.  Yet they seem to make a point of spending time together.

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One day, it seemed they were enjoying a coffee date.  It got me thinking about God’s command in John 15:12 “to love one another as I have loved you”.

It seems the street chickens were getting it right.  Instead of rushing by heading off to the next event, they were taking time together….it appears, lingering over a coffee.  I don’t know about you, but I was convicted by not being intentional in my current friendships.  I also got to thinking about those that might need friendship yet I was too busy to see their need.

My challenge has been to reach out to those that I might not consider a friend (yet) and try to show them the love God commands.  It might be meeting for a coffee, inviting them for a meal, or just chatting on the phone for a few minutes.  How about you?

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