Just Throw it Out!

Found it in the trash.  The assumption was that it was no longer good for anything.

Walking around the garden center at work I noticed some bright yellow showing in the mini-dumpster outside.  As I drew closer I realized it was one of the recently purchased accordion aisle blocker used when power equipment is in use.   Apparently a couple of the fasteners that hold the pivot slats had broken making the equipment hard to use.

The assumption was that it was no longer good for anything.

I fished it out.  Began to evaluate the problem and soon realized that repairs would be relatively minor.   A few washers.  A couple of small bolts.  Several locking nuts.  Two wrenches.  20 minutes work.  The aisle blocker was back in operation.   OK, it wasn’t perfect.  It showed scars from the original damage and the repairs weren’t as pristine as the original.  But it was saved.  Brought back to service and usefulness.  aisle blocker

The assumption was that it was no longer good for anything.  That assumption proved to be wrong.

How often do we see lives that have been abandoned to the trash heap because they are broken and dysfunctional?   How often do we simply walk away and assume that broken means no longer worth salvaging?

Some time.  An evaluation of the problem.  The application of grace.  There may be scars and imperfections — but what was once considered broken beyond hope is once again finding usefulness and value.

The assumption was that it was no longer good for anything.  But God so love the world anyway that He gave His one and only son to die for the world.  Now anyone who believes on Him should not have to perish, but instead have everlasting and meaningful life.

God didn’t send His son into the world to throw the world into the dumpster.  Rather that His son might be able to restore usefulness and meaning to the broken and through Him they would be saved.  — John 3:16 & 17   (Charles H. paraphrase)

The assumption was that it was no longer good for anything.  That assumption proved to be wrong.

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