Recycled or Re-created?
I am unashamedly a “recycler”. Not on the order of a hoarder who holds onto things for possible re-use that get buried under a pile of stuff, destined not to see the light of day again until after the funeral, when family members, kind friends, or hired hands begin to clean out the years of collected debris. No, I recycle weekly, monthly and for the “good stuff”, yearly at a summer yard sale.
We’ve been in “people ministries” for years, and much of what gathers dust at my house has been given to us by friends or grateful ministry recipients. Years ago I used an illustration in my spiritual re-birth testimony about having been a frog that was kissed by the Prince of Peace, which changed me into a princess in God’s kingdom. People began to send me frogs – ceramic frogs, cloth frogs, metal frogs, etc. But I’m digressing here.
Being an adamant recycler, I’m always amazed how frequently both technological and simple practical inventions, geared to make life “simpler” turn out to produce clutter – both in our lives and in our environment.
- Styrofoam cups, bowls and plates are not recyclable;
- old computers (which really don’t have to be “old” by antique standards and are up-graded or outdated within two or more years) have a recycling charge at the dump, and are not biodegradable;
- K-cups for one-cup coffee makers (which at the current rate of use will fill up most local land-fills in about a half-generation) are not recyclable unless you first dump out the used coffee grounds and pull out the fabric liner.
- Cell phones, CDs, DVDs – what do we do with them? We bury them in our garbage bags, which are now mandatory in NH and color coded – no more familiar green garbage bags or lose trash in big trashcans. These bags are purchased from the state of NH to cover the cost of getting rid of our trash.
- Auto oil containers (both plastic bottles and metal cans), old car batteries – the list could go on and on – are hard to get rid of for free.
Do you ever wonder why the manufacturers of such products as I listed above, don’t seem to have a plan for recycling? Why aren’t the producers of high tech and low tech products held responsible for getting rid of the “stuff” after it’s broken or outdated? Do you wonder how many more generations can inhabit planet earth and continue discarding un-recyclables, before there is no more space for the “stuff”?
I hope others will catch the vision to take care of what God made for us to enjoy – the beauties of natural wonder – a green earth and a blue sky; clean water to drink, wash with, and swim in.
I suppose a totally cluttered earth won’t happen in my lifetime, but I will remain a recycler until the end of me or the earth, whichever comes first.
There are some things that I have made a conscious decision not to recycle, such as bad attitudes, unkind behavior, bitterness, anger, revenge, hopelessness, meanness, despair, and discouragement. And I want to be responsible to clean up any of this stuff that I inadvertently spew into the atmosphere around me. Because, just as I care about my physical environment, I care about the spiritual environment around me.
Even though I’m into recycling, I’m so glad that God didn’t “recycle” me, causing me to come back in one form after another and go around for time after time. He “re-created” me through a spiritual re-birth: He gave me a new way of thinking, a new desire to make things around me better, a new zeal for life without all the clutter and clamor, and a clean heart and conscience – without guilt over old mistakes and sins.
2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
One day, when His work in me is complete, I’ll look like Jesus. As it says in Romans 8:28-29:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son . . .”
I only wish the creators of all the gadgets we are convinced we need to buy had a way to gather the discards and re-create them into something more useful than landfill. They should take a lesson from the Master inventor.
So what’s your story – are you recycled or re-ceated?
©2012, Marcy Alves
Posted on March 21, 2012, in Follow Me, My Journey, Reflections, Uncategorized and tagged changed life, Christianity, Environment, God, Jesus, Prince of Peace, Recycling, renewal, spiritual rebirth, Waste management. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.