Doing Our Part

1 Samuel 2:8
He raises the poor from the dust;
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And on them he has set the world.
At our women’s bible study this week the girls and I discussed ways in which we can make our world a better place to live. One of the suggestions was to pick up after ourselves and do not litter. Can one person make a difference? I have been thinking about this and how it applies to our daily lives.. It dawned on me litter comes in so many shapes, attitudes and actions in our lives. Our world is filled with the garbage of injustice, slander, bitterness and envy to name only a few. As God looks at these things I can’t help but wonder if we as Christians aren’t commissioned to be Garbage men and women ( I prefer sanitation engineer) and with Jesus help work together diligently to remove this type of trash we see daily in our country, city, in our home, in our own lives?
God gives a translation for garbage in his word , he calls it the ash heap.. In King James translation He calls it the dung hill. I remember when my son Shawn was very small, we lived on a mini -farm.. He would delight everyone when he would climb up on top of the huge pile of manure and announce to the world he was the “king of the manure pile” We would laugh and still to this day it is one our families inside jokes. But really think about it, don’t we all think we are kings of our prize processions and I believe in Gods eyes its just a pile of dung compared to what he has for us. He lifts us from our manure pile.
As brothers and sisters in Christ we are standing on the back of the sanitation truck of life, let us make every effort to discard attitudes that are harmful, actions that are useless and replace them with the love hope and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. In the ash heap along side the road we will encounter many hidden treasures. Look closely ,lost souls of men and women come wrapped in many packages, and they are most precious to God. They have been broken and battered by the storms of life and thrown to the wayside. Take great care to lift them up, dust them off, and give them the Savior and his grace. Wrap your caring arms around them and show them the way home through the love of Jesus Christ… one person at a time.
Praise the Lord!


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