Dumpster diving

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I’m sitting in a restaurant looking out the window to a large construction project. There are several enormous dumpsters on the site. It reminds me of an old friend who built an entire storage unit from materials he found “dumpster diving.” For those who are not familiar with the term, let me define it. It’s searching through dumpsters or similar trash receptacles for edible food or items of value. The reality in our world today is that some depend on this practice to survive. Some might be embarrassed but they “swallow” their pride in order to survive.

Two things immediately come to mind. First, God has a love and priority directed to the poor and outcasts. He asks us to embrace the same heart and attitude. 1 John 3:17 says But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” Secondly, God has chosen outcasts, those that the world might consider “dumpster material” to be “kingdom material” to be the very ones to impact and transform our world. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29  “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,  so that no one may boast before him.”

I’ve got to say “I’m thankful God went “dumpster diving” for me! And found me!” Has He found you yet?

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