From Daily Thoughts Vol. 2

Thought of the Day…Don’t Be a Trash Can Christian: My Name is not Sugar, Honey, Ice or Tea!

“I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14

The word “rubbish” is synonymous with waste, trash, garbage, junk, litter and it means unwanted and useless. The Israelites call the location “The Gehenna Valley” a place where they placed their sewage, their garbage and waste; a place of utter filth which is disgusting and repulsive to the eyes and nose; a location where the Jews took trash to be burned. Jesus used Gehenna as an illustration of hell.  My question to some of us is have we allowed ourselves to become somebody’s Gehenna? Have you offered yourself as a location for people to dump their trash? Have you become a Trash Can Christian?   When a person is willing to dump unwanted and useless things on you (or in you) then they are making a pretty clear declaration of what they think and how they feel about you. Let’s face it.  What type of person would allow another person to dump on them; to treat them with utter contempt; to render them undesirable or useless?  My best guess is the individual was already feeling unworthy. Along comes a person who picks up on this and says to themselves, here is a person who doesn’t feel good about themselves, suffers from low self esteem, and will not fight back. So let the exploitation begin! Or should I say let the dumping begin.  We need to stop being trash cans for people.  We all have people in our lives- friends, people who double as friends, church members, co-workers, and of course family members. Yes, family members!  And don’t let me forget people we are in so-called “love” relationships with i.e. spouses, lovers, play lovers, a piece on the side (you have to make up your mind if you are piece on the side or they are), friends with benefits etc.  Truth be told, they all dump on you. They bring their waste, their rubbish, their refuse to you.  Why you? Because they know you will receive it-without question.  They take your kindness for weakness cus that’s how they see you-as a weak Christian.  Any Christian who will allow another person to bring them a bunch of sugar, honey, ice, or tea; allow these same people to talk sugar, honey ice, tea to them, turn around and take that sugar, honey, ice, tea from these people, has set themselves up to be treated by sugar, honey, ice tea. You have allowed yourself to become their dumping ground. The place where people bring stuff they don’t even want, they no longer value.  Think about it. If a person who is supposed to be loving on you (God knows you have loved on them) brings you trash, then they either believe you deserve it or you are the place where garbage is supposed to be placed. Today when you take a piece a paper and put it in the “waste paper” basket realize that eventually you are going to take that waste and put it in somebody’s dumpster to be thrown away.  Some Christians need to get to the point-today seems like a real good day to me- where they tell other folks don’t bring that sugar, honey, ice or tea over here any longer. I am not the one.  In fact, remind them of what God says about you…

“Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life.” Isaiah 43:4

This is God expressing loving sentiments (precious, honored and loved) to his beloved people. When you love, honor and respect a person; see them as precious, you don’t dump on them. You don’t treat them like a trash can. You don’t treat them like sugar, honey, ice, tea.  If you don’t love them any longer, let them go. I promise you someone else will! In fact, they are waiting for you to get the hell on but the person loves you too much to let your trifling assets step. Sorry, I digressed! While you wrap up this season of reflection, sacrifice, and renewal, but finds yourself being treated like unwanted waste, here is what I want you to do. On this Palm Sunday Eve, Bro. Chisolm gives you permission to do what you should have done a long time ago- take out the trash! Put that sugar, honey, ice tea out of your house, out of your mind, out of your heart, out of your soul, and out of your bed.  When the devil comes to dump trashy thoughts in your mind, here what you tell that ole devil…

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down of strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” 2 Cor. 10:4-5

A stronghold is a mental construct-a negative mind set. The enemy is interested in taking your mind, your negative thought about yourself and using it against you. Anyone who has no compunction to dump trash in your mind, heart and soul, and then turn around and treat you like rubbish, has declared to you and the rest of the world that they are from pits of hell. They are one of the devil’s disciples. Oh, you didn’t know the devil had disciples. To that particular type of hell, you need to tell that hell to get the hell out of your face.  On this day, when someone wants to dump emotional trash in your heart, tell them your heart is neither a playground nor a play pen. Here is what you tell them you are going to do starting today and forever more…

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

The NIV says “guard your heart.” Our hearts dictate the patterns of our lives. We make far more decisions in life, about life with our heart instead of our head. In fact, our thoughts lead into our feelings. Solomon says guard your heart as a source of protection.  Make sure your affections are in the right place, with the right person, for the right reasons.  Don’t pursue everything you see.  Don’t react to every good looking person that comes along whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Why? Because that’s exactly what that sugar, honey, ice tea amounts to-nothing! So the moral of this story boys and girls is don’t let anyone dump refuse in your life-in the life of your children.  You are NOT useless, you are NOT unwanted, you are NOT unloved, and you are NOT a piece of garbage waiting to be thrown away. Just the opposite!  God respects your position. And your position is in Christ. So on this Palm Sunday Eve, I deputize you to take the position and prerogative to take out the “damned” (Mark 16:16 KJV) trash. As for you and your house there is no condemnation in Christ (Romans 8:1).  You are NOT anyone’s trash disposal. They need to take that sugar, honey, ice, tea somewhere else.  (For those of you that haven’t gotten this by now you are slow but you are worth waiting forJ).

“The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

You are a Child of the Most High God.  Stop being a Trash Can Christian!  Peace, Love and Blessings!!!