Steve's reflections on life

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Out With The Rubbish
I’m sure you’ve noticed that the television schedules are increasingly populated by reality shows. Too often they parade the most vulnerable people in society in front of the cameras and describe it as entertainment. It reminds me of a story I heard many years ago.

In the 1960’s a crew of binmen were working the streets of Brooklyn, New York City. These were the days before wheelie bins and rubbish crunching lorries. The old galvanised dustbins were being emptied by hand into an open top truck.

As the crew neared the end of their route, the huge pile of rubbish was falling off the sides of the truck and the howling wind was blowing it up the street. One of the guys drew the short straw, climbed onto the back of the truck and laid down flat on top of the stinking pile of rubbish in an attempt to keep it in place. As the truck rolled up the street a little boy was standing by his front door watching the men working. On seeing the guy laying on top of the rubbish, he ran into the house screaming at the top of his voice “Quick, someone has thrown a perfectly good person away!"

Many ‘perfectly good persons’ are discarded in our throw-away society, left feeling broken beyond repair and destined for the Big Wheelie Bin. I realised many years ago that God had rescued me, forgiven me and fixed me. It seemed natural to commit the rest of my life to communicating the Gospel and helping others get over the line into faith in Jesus. The Bible says when a person comes to Christ something beautiful happens. God performs a hard reset and our lives are renewed. God is the ‘Great Recycler’ of discarded lives, all we have to do is receive his free gift of new life. Our debt was settled by Jesus on the cross, the price has been paid, paid on the nail.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun” (2 Corinthians 5:17 The Bible)

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