Garbage Day

Alfie, Kirsten, Miles and Elly.Friday is garbage day in our little community. I don’t like to run outside on Fridays because every few feet I am greeted with cans, boxes and containers of smelly, marinating trash. Normally I would hold my breath while passing by, but when I run I am sucking air as my lungs demand, no control at all. My typical route takes me out of our neighborhood and into an affluent pocket of town where the landscape is perfect and each lawn is always pristine. But on Fridays, the wealthy have garbage day just like the rest of us. Stinking and overflowing.

What a great reminder that although some people appear to have it all together, to have a perfect marriage and family, to have that sin mastered and never doubt their purpose in life, they have garbage too. It may appear to be better contained but it’s still garbage.

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

Isaiah 64:6


This picture is from a photo experiment done by Gregg Segal, depicting a week’s worth of trash collected by different US families. It’s fascinating:

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  1. Wow! How insightful! I’m always blessed when I read your posts. Not only is this post insightful, it is also a great reminder to remain humble. For we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Thanks for this!

  2. I realize the trash talk is simply a metaphor to get to the teaching, but I have to add this. For only one month, save all the tin cans, aluminum cans, empty spray cans, plastic containers, newspapers, magazines, mail trash and cardboard including boxes for cereal, pasta, detergent, expanded foam containers, etc. You will be tragically amazed at he bulk of it all, Now multiply that my the number of homes on your street alone. This has to stop somehow.

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