The Journey Thoughts

October 6, 2016

The radio DJ was talking about having to buy a new garbage can, and it
immediately caught my attention.  He went into a store to buy a new garbage
can, and he saw so many. There were some that were the top of the line, and
some that were less than the top.  Now he really piqued my interest, because
I too, have been in the store looking for garbage cans, and you know what?
They are all so expensive!  But I needed one, because I have come to believe
that there is a game among garbage collectors, and that game is to see who
can inflict the most damage to garbage cans.  I have retrieved my cans with
wheels off, lids torn off, and it has been years since I ever used a metal
can.  I think they salivate when they see a metal can because of the damage
they can inflict on it.  Well, back to my story.  This DJ went to get him a
new can, and like me, he wanted one that would stand the test of time.  The
total package!  But when he looked at the price, it was about Eighty
Dollars.  Wow, he never knew that a plain can could cost so much.  As he
looked farther down the line, he saw some that were considerably cheaper,
and he settled on one.  He really wanted the expensive one, for it was the
"man-can".  The next time he took out his garbage, he noticed the neighbor
taking his garbage out too, in a "man-can."  He immediately started to envy,
because that is the can he wanted, and now every time he takes the can out,
it seems like he has to hide his inferior can from the neighbor.  Have you
ever gone to buy something and wanted THAT particular one, only to find out
that, it was the one which cost the most.  It exceeded your budget!  But how
long afterward did you lament not paying more for the "one" you really
wanted.   I wanted the better, not because of my neighbors, but because I
wanted one that the collectors could not damage, so I still sit with a can
with a broken top, that kind of plops right there on top of the garbage.  I
am waiting for one day when the collectors take the top as a piece of the
garbage, and there are still the wheels to break.  "But everything that was
a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than
that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing
value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the
loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be
found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one
that is through faith in Christ - the righteousness from God based on
faith."  Philippians 3:7-9  There is always that better thing that we will
want, that more expensive item that we wished we had enough money for, but
in the scope of things on this earth, does it really matter?  For what
matters is to know Christ and the power of His resurrection.  What matters
is that our relationship with Him is so grounded on love for Him, that the
love we have for Him, is the love that comes from Him, and is poured out
over those we love also.  Keeping focused on Him takes away some of the void
that the world puts on our hearts when we cannot keep up with the Joneses.
It teaches us that what really matters is not the cost of the garbage can
that gives me pleasure, but the fact that I even have garbage to put in it.
This shows I have been blessed beyond measure.  So the next time you take
the garbage can out to the street, think about how much you have been
blessed, and remember to thank God for this blessing, and thank those around
you that you have been blessed with, because of the fact that Jesus is Lord
of your life, and you are in some wonderful company.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, please help us to keep our focus on You, and let us see the
beauty that comes from faith, and not from things.  I pray that You will be
the strength for these I pray for; that You will be the comfort in which
they receive comfort.  So I lift to You: The Pulec family, Fuqua family,
Reed family, Foster family, Gus, Lisa, Alice, Don, Lynn, Dwight, Sammi,
Terry and his dad, Shelly and her mom, Tim and his mom, Pam and her son,
Kelly and her son, Richard and his father, Julissa and her friend, Angie,
Isabel, Abby, Vanessa, Malachi, Corbin, Mike S., Ryan, Olivia, Jeremiah, a
missing girl from Saginaw, Joanna, Tom, Evelyn, Joy, Ruth, Robbie, Ada,
Nada, JV, Nancy, Betty H., Ben and his family, the Briggs church, Ben,
Ramona, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Mike, Megan, Jeff, Laura, Matt,
Liz, Matt, Bethany, Tim, Michelle, Carmello, Kaitlyn, Tonia, Todd, Liam,
Aiden, Jackie Ann, Pastor Berkey, Alan, Fisher, Tuly, Betsy, Tyler, Kristen,
Kristena, Trevor, Maria, Choya, Alex, Ken, Eric, Sandy, Andrea, Shannon,
Robert, Pat, Ryan, Tyson, Wendy, Montella, Joyce, Betty, David, Phyllis,
Devon, Cindy, Barbara, Terri, Marliana, Loren, Cynthia, Bill, Carolyn, BJ,
Ida, Barry, Johnny, Annette, Kim, Gary, Gavin, Shawn, Laurie, Heather, Codi,
Ron, Deane, Dan, Rheba, Pam, Mike, Austin, Harriet, Fred, Dotty, James,
Scott, April, Craig, Betty, Hunter, Asher, Lynette, Kathy, Jennifer,
Patrick, Candace, Abe, Trent, Garret, Mayeaux, Ben, Jason, Ashley, Marc,
Macy, Jade, Bob. I pray for Lisa and I as we seek a closer relationship with
Him.  I pray for these in Jesus name, Amen.

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