At our house garbage day is on Tuesday. Most of the time we don’t put out the trash until the last minute. We’re running around like crazy emptying all the trash in the house before we head off to work. Then we hurriedly roll the can to the end of the driveway for the garbage truck to pick it up. We use to live in a townhouse and the garbage truck came super early, sometimes by 8:00am in the morning. Sometimes, we would miss the truck all together. When that happened, our garbage would pile up until it was trash day again. It can get pretty stinky when you live with old garbage!
The same thing happens in our lives. We’ve all collected emotional garbage or just plain junk over the years. For example, when we’ve been hurt, we may store bad feelings in the corner of our heart. We might not allow ourselves to get close to anyone because we’re afraid of being hurt again. Or maybe we took the time to do something nice for someone, and we don’t even receive a simple thank you. Maybe someone disappointed us; they forgot a special date, birthday, anniversary. As the years go by, we can accumulate all this hurt, discouragement, resentment, anger, disappointment, and thousands of negative feelings that will begin to fill our lives with the odor of bitterness. We can’t go around with garbage in our lives and live a happy life. It’s time to take out the trash!
The first thing we need to do is recognize the trash. Take a look at your heart & your mind. Make sure both of those areas are free from trash. What are some things that make your life stink?
Offense – Are you easily offended? Are you negative? Are you holding on to un-forgiveness, old hurts and wounds? Do you have an attitude that stinks? All of these things are trash in your life. They will keep you from moving forward, and living the life that Jesus died to give you.
Come close to God, and he will come close to you. Clean up your lives …James 4:8
The Bible says in Ps 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Ps. 139:23 says, “Search me oh God and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts.
The next thing we need to do is gather up the trash. Give your junk to God. The Bible says to cast your cares on the Lord because He cares for you. We were never meant to carry heavy loads. God’s yoke is easy and His burden is light. Whatever you’re carrying around with you tonight decide to gather it up and give it to God.
Take it to the curb. Roll that trash right out to the curb and leave it there. God will pick it up and get rid of it for you if you will give it to Him. What do I mean by take it the curb? I mean we need to take it to the alter in prayer. Prayer & spending time in the presence of God will set you free!
So, now that we’ve gotten rid of the trash in our own lives, let’s talk about when other people try to dump their trash on us!
We’ve all heard the saying: We can’t always control what happens to us in life, but we can control what happens in us! Our attitude really does determine how much we enjoy our lives.
Our thoughts are the ingredients that make our attitude. Physiologically our bodies respond to negative thoughts differently than positive thoughts. Did you know that our body responds to a negative attitude by releasing stress hormones which lowers your immune system (how many of you have been super stressed out or dealing with something and then you got sick?) it’s because stress weakens your immune system, it builds abdominal fat (and you thought that was from eating too many desserts J), it increases insulin resistance and blood pressure. It will increase your risk for developing cardiovascular and heart disease and premature aging. Stress can actually cause you to age faster!
Joke: A middle-aged woman has a heart attack and is taken to the hospital. While on the operating table she has a near death experience. During that experience she sees God and asks if her time is up. God says no and explains that she has another 43 years left to live.
Upon her recovery she decides to stay in the hospital and have a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. She even has someone come in and change her hair color. She figures since she’s got another 43 years to live she might as well make the most of it.
She walks out of the hospital after the last operation and while crossing the street is killed by an ambulance speeding by. She arrives in front of God and complains, “I thought you said I had another 43 years left.” God replies, I didn’t recognize you.”
Researches have proven that happy people are healthier, they are actually more successful in life, they have lower blood pressure, lower heart rates, they have more energy, and even better relationships. It’s all about your attitude and how you perceive the situation.
I heard about this guy who hopped in a taxi and took off for the airport. His taxi was driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of him. His taxi driver slammed on the brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling. The taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly. So the guy asked, ‘Why did you just do that? That guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!’ This is when the taxi driver taught the passenger in his taxi what I’ll call, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’ He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they’ll dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so … Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don’t.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
You have to choose to have a garbage-free day!
Lessons from the Law of the Garbage Truck
-When a person with “issues” comes into your sphere, never allow their “issues” to become your “issues.”
-When you do get dumped on, and you will, decide to be a “Recycler” Take what someone means for your bad and use it for your good.
-“This is the day the Lord has made…rejoice and be glad in it.” God made this day for you. Be grateful not hateful! Your inside decisions, more than the outward circumstances you’re in, determine how good of a day you will have.
-Never waste…waste. We’ve all been through tough times. But decide that whatever you go thru will make you Grow, benefit from it, be the BIGGER person. Refuse to be offended by the “waste” of others.
-Remember how AWESOME you are when someone dumps their garbage on you. You have the power to always…Always…ALWAYS, see the Best, Be your best and Believe the best…when the worst has been displayed.
Keep your mind set on God. Keep it set on the good things in your life. Believe that you will see God’s goodness every day!
I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. Psalm 27:13
So, let’s take out the trash and do some Spring cleaning in our hearts and minds. It’s time for each us to be free, refreshed and renewed in God’s presence.