Yesterday was trash day. Houses up and down the street had their receptacles ready and waiting in front of homes. Some were very neat with the cans lined up like little soldiers at attention. Others flowed over the brim, boxes strewn around the bottom of the base, with no rhyme or reason. Still others had just a small white bag, tied neatly and laid at the curb.
I’m always amazed at the amount of trash we have. Glancing up and down the street, I imagined how high of a pile it would make when each can was emptied of it’s contents. Even with this amount of weekly trash, I wondered how much more was on the inside of the homes. Just stuff, barely used. Just sitting there waiting for the day to come that the owners would become bored and throw it away.
Made me think about the garbage that we keep inside of us. The stuff that we never use, but hold on to. The could’ve, would’ve, should’ve kind of refuse. Garbage day is a day to get rid of the unusable. To empty our ‘cans’. Maybe we should have a weekly garbage day on our calendar to git rid of the unneeded, life-hindering thoughts that plague our every day. Make a concerted effort to do some cleaning up. We know it needs done. Just take a look at a Facebook thread, or a twitter rant…
If you look a bit deeper into this concept, you will see that individuals store their internal trash in different manners, just like the people who put out the trash on my street. Some keep their trash neat. You can’t see from the outside that there is any trash in their lives at all. Making sure they rid their homes of exactly what is required, putting out a well-tied bag and not needing the big can. Other’s hold on to stuff all week long, storing up for the big purge on trash day. Still others know that it is a necessary part of life, making sure that all goes in the can neatly and then line them up for discarding. Romans 12:2 gives us a suggestion for what to do with all that trash. “2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
What are you doing with your trash today? Are you holding on to it? Do you take a weekly look at what needs to go and what should stay? Are you haphazardly storing up and letting the stench of it affect every day? Trash day. I’m marking my calendar.