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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Feb. 18, 2010 - Message in the Garbage

By Randy Mantik

I’m amazed at what people throw away. I’m always keeping an eye out to what people might have left on the curbside on garbage day. Sometimes I find TV’s. Actually, I found the TV we are using in our living room in someone’s trash.

That gets me thinking about my sister-in-law, Becky. She and Steve used to live in a 40-foot fifth-wheel trailer. Becky would often cover up whatever she had thrown in the garbage. Why? Because “Handy Randy” would always have an eye out for what had been thrown away.

“Hey, who threw this away? I can use this!”

When so many seemingly big things with unknown outcomes crowd my mind, it’s actually quite nice to do something like taking out the garbage. Before you start thinking I’m crazy, consider these lessons …

1. Taking out the garbage is easy. There’s not a lot of mind work involved, except maybe in deciding how to tie the bag. (I go for the double-tied technique. I despise twist ties.) You pack it up, carry it out, and later on in the day someone comes to take it all away. Don’t you wish all life’s problems were like that?

2. Taking out the garbage marks time. The passing of time can be comforting. The meaning of life is not just what you’re doing but how you are doing it, and maybe more importantly, whom you are doing it for.

3. Taking out the garbage is a small but important way to express my love to Debbie. She makes a big to-do about how much it means to her that, right as rain, I put out the garbage on Tuesdays. I’ll use any small ways that I can to make her feel special!

Wise Solomon said this about being happy in our daily experiences: “When God gives any man wealth and possessions, and enables him to enjoy them, to accept his lot and be happy in his work — this is a gift of God. He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart” (Ecclesiastes 5:19,20, NIV).

I believe that contentedly going about our tasks is one of the best ways we can praise God. In taking out the garbage, I’m expressing thankfulness to God for the gift of our home, the gift of my wife and son, and the gift of our life.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.



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