Posted by: amyedwards | November 4, 2007

Taking Out the Trash

When was the last time you thanked God for your trash?  That was the question posed by our pastor today.  I have to say that before today, I had never done so.   And I’d venture to say you probably haven’t done so either.  Our pastor was about to begin a 3 week series on “Is the Cup Half Empty or Half Full”, but after attending the funeral of a godly man and hearing the son’s eulogy, he was moved to bring attention to the trash we take for granted. 

During this eulogy, the son said that his dad had always been the one in their home to take out the trash.  He never allowed anyone else that privilege.  Privilege because that was his time to thank God for all he had been given that day or week.  He had grown up in Poland with six siblings. His family was very, very poor.  They never had trash because they never had anything to throw away.  So, as an adult living in America and raising his own family, he was thankful for each item in his trash because it represented something his family had.  Wow!  While so many of us are making that a chore for our children, his children were only allowed to join him on his trash trips.  He took that opportunity to teach them an attitude of gratefulness.  What a legacy!

So, what’s in your trash?  Maybe it’s empty food cans or boxes.  There are plenty of hungry people in the world today, some in your same city.  Maybe it’s an empty shoe box or clothing tags.  Did you get something new last week?  Or, if you’re like me, maybe it’s full of disposable diapers.  Do you know how thankful I am for those? 

I was moved to accept the challenge and take inventory of my trash this week.   Will you do the same? 



  1. Wow, Amy! I’ll never see trash quite the same way again. This would probably be a great time to repent for not being nearly as thankful as I should be. Thanks for telling this story.

  2. That’s a neat story. I’ve heard something similar about being thankful for laundry b/c it means your family had clothes to wear that week, thankful for dirty dishes b/c your family ate that day, etc. It’s a good perspective to have, isn’t it?

  3. Wow! I sure do miss a lot , don’t I? That was great!
    What a reminder to be thankful for everything! Thanks, Amy!

  4. My garbage can is always overflowing, and today so is my heart. Thank you for that wonderful post.

    I am a first time visitor, what a blessing.

    May the Lord continue to bless the work of your hands.

    Warmly, Joanne

  5. Amy,

    What a joy to seet the Lord using you to touch the lives of so many people.

    Thank you for working with our Pastor, to remind us of how blessed we are!

    Love always,
    Debo and Bro. Jimmy

  6. Hey, Amy. How are things? Just checking in. Haven’t heard from you in a while.

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