Beauty Vs. Trash

by | Oct 21, 2020 | Direction

My wife and I had the opportunity to spend the weekend on the coast of Mississippi. We enjoyed the view of the beach and the water from our hotel room.  I noticed a contrast with the beauty as I did my daily three to four-mile walks. The edges of the road and sidewalks were littered with all kinds of trash.

I saw beer bottles, Styrofoam cups, cigarette packages, fast food bags, and things I would rather not mention.  It was so disappointing to see how we, as human beings, care for the creation. We take the water and the beach for granted by using it as a dumping place for our trash. We are too lazy or unwilling to place our trash in the appropriate place.  People assume that someone else will take care of it.

We are tempted to see our churches in the same way. The big picture of the church is beautiful to behold, but the up-close version is a little different. We find neglected corners, outdated materials, and bulletin boards, and all kinds of other problems. We can either act as a steward and do something about it, or we can assume that it someone else’s responsibility to take care of it.

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