What did you find in your flower garden and on your lawns, your parks and your villages this year? I bet it was nature’s garbage. Nature’s garbage is a collection of dead leaves, dead flower heads, broken twigs and pinecones.
Nature knows when to get rid of its junk. Do you? Do you have broken lamps, multiple electrical cords with no idea what they are for? Are you hoarding your grown children’s kindergarten pictures in case they want them? (P.S.-They don’t!)
Here is a list of some of the things God considers to be garbage.
-Trying to get your own way all the time
repetitive, loveless, cheap sex;
a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage;
-frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness;
-trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness;
cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants;
a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives;
small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival;
uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions;
ugly parodies of community.
Then Paul continues with this thought.
This isn’t the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God’s kingdom. (From Galatians 5:19-21, MSG)
Prayer- Lord, thank you for opening our eyes to our garbage. Give us the courage to throw it out. Amen.