9 06 2010

Going green is big right now. People are concerned about the environment. There is a growing emphasis on reusing, reducing, and recycling. Taking care of our earth’s resources is a necessary part of being good stewards of the blessings God has given us.

At our house, we recycle. We have a special bin that holds our aluminum cans, newspapers, and recyclable plastics. It has long been the job of our little ones to help take these items to the recycle bin. I have memory snapshots of little hands dropping one can at a time in the recycling bin, pride streaming across their faces as they learned the power of a job well done.

Despite the new emphasis on going green in our society, recycling is not a new idea. God has always been in the business of renewing, refreshing, recharging, redeeming, and redirecting. He loves to take the old and make it new. It is His deep desire to redeem the broken, infuse the used up with new purpose, and recycle our experiences into tools for His glory.

Nothing is wasted with God. He can take anything in our lives and use it to teach us about His heart. My job is to put what I have into His hands. Sometimes I look and all I see is trash – wasted, broken pieces of my attempts to do it on my own. In Romans 8:28, God makes an amazing promise to recycle our junk into good. “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.” God’s purpose is for me to look like Jesus. He will use everything I bring Him to make that transformation a reality in my life.

My Jesus Resolution today is to surrender to God’s recycling plan. I am going to put my heart in His hands and ask Him to make me new. I am going to trust His faithfulness, surrender to His power, and believe His promises. He can take every part of me and renew it, reclaim it, repurpose it, and redeem it. Even the trash. Even the stuff that looks worthless, broken, and empty. He will use it all to create something brand new – a picture of Jesus in me.



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