Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to avoid wasting the raw materials. It is often interesting and fun to see people take scraps of old materials, clothing, household items, and even old furniture and creates something fun, modern, and at times unique. The concept of something having opposing qualities to different people has been around a long time. “One man’s meat is another man’s poison” was a 17th-century proverb. Although most people are more familiar with the phrase presented in this fashion, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Sadly, in recent years the rate at which we waste and disregard our limited resources has grown at an alarming rate, even spilling over and manifesting itself in our blatant disregard for human life. As we move through our disconnected, isolated, and hurried lives, we crave more of what we consider convenience, as we look to disposable items, always busy and on the go, day to day at an ever-increasing and relentless pace. Each time you disregard something or someone, tossing something in the trash, you are throwing away some sort of value, someone else’s treasure.
“The truth is everything we do over the course of our day has a hidden impact; from the banana peel, you toss at breakfast, to the homeless person you choose to ignore during the lunch hour, even the leftovers that are thrown out at the end of the day. It is just worthless, disposable stuff, right? All of us have what we consider disposables, the things that are no longer of value, waste, trash, garbage.
It is easy to cringe at the thought of the waste that is unique to our own trashcan of life as it is slowly pulled out for recycling. When you consider we have all hurt others, while being hurt by others. We have lived selfishly. We have been angry, hateful, jealous, bitter, prideful, lustful, and impatient. We have all done things we are ashamed of; stuff we now want just to get rid of, throw out. Romans 8:28, says that God works all things for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Just as we must be intentional about recycling, we must be equally diligent in allowing God to recycle the garbage in our life.
God has a purpose and a redemptive plan for every one of us, even in our blunders, even when we fail miserably. You are God’s treasure; YOU are not trash. Sadly, our world has widespread suffering, trials, unexpected hardships and unfair circumstances that consistently weaves in and out of each of our lives daily. No one is exempt, and though the enemy of our souls will often and easily trick many of us into living in such a vicious cycle always wrestling and striving for control of our future when in reality it can never be adequately attained.
God wants to create beauty from your ashes. He will take our blackened sin-stained heart and wash it white as snow. Jesus is in the business of transforming old, broken lives into beautiful new creations. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone. The new has come.