The Garbage Can Stinks

HATS OFF to all the garbage collectors! (err—excuse me, “waste management professionals”). It’s a dirty job. Dangerous, too: they get hit by cars. 😦 …. As a courtesy to these jaded and brave laborers, we really should sanitize our trash can: Yikes! P.U.!  It’s gotten so I just pop, drop, and run. [Note Honey-Do List.]

Why, you ask, am I even talking about this? Well, it’s from the Bible. Yup, today I read 2Tim 2: 20-21: “Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.”

My garbage can is a very dishonorable vessel! But my “pop, drop, and run” technique works just as well in the rest of life. Paul exhorts Timothy to avoid youthful lusts and the “dishonorable vessels” who practice them. So, if I want to be useful to God, I really need to monitor how much time I spend with these types. Paul is also describing people whose empty chatter “spreads like gangrene.” In my many years on this pilgrimage, sorry but yeah: there have been several people that have caused me to “pop, drop, and run.”

The crux of the matter is to know God’s Word well enough to tell the difference. v. 15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 

The flower vase on my kitchen counter smells better than the trash can. So the “vessel of honor” gets to hang with me. The smelly one? Not-so-much. Are you catching my drift? 😉


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