Taking Out the Trash

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

After spending some time in Uganda, one of the things that struck me was how each home and each school had a big pile of garbage behind it that would be burned each evening.  It made for a messy place and it also caused a big smell as well.  It’s a smell you don’t easily forget!  We aren’t used to that in America.  We have places to which our garbage gets hauled away.  Aren’t we thankful for that?  I wonder how often our lives resemble the trash in Uganda though.  Here’s the deal.  We all have garbage.  That’s just a part of life as a sinner.  But how many times do we just try to haul it out back to hopefully deal with later?  In the meantime, it causes a mess and stinks out lives up quite a bit.  In Uganda, that’s really all most people can do. They don’t have a service that picks it up on Tuesdays and Fridays like we do (or whatever days you have garbage pick-up service).  But in our lives, we can do better than Ugandan style can’t we?  We have a God that forgives and forgets.  He sent His Son because we couldn’t dispose of our garbage on our own.  He sent His Son so that we didn’t have to leave our garbage around to be all messy and smelly.  Today, give your garbage to Jesus.  Let Him dispose of it.  You can’t get rid of it on your own.  Praise God, you don’t have to.


About randynorris

Randy Norris is the pastor of The Station Church. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama with a degree in Communications and has his M.Div. from Beeson Divinity School. Randy also has his Doctorate of Ministry from The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Susan, have five children.
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