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Take Out the Trash

Take Out the Trash

By Keith Bellamy

A very famous writer recently wrote an article about Taking Out the Trash. Without getting into his article I want to write about a similar subject,

I never liked the responsibility taking out the trash. However, I still do it. It is a job and of course it must be done.

When I was very small, my dad would go to the city dump to shoot rats. This was back in the day when garbage dumps were burned. I remember Dad taking me there and I can remember the smell of the garbage burning. It was not pleasant.

I remember my grandfather Bellamy, working in what was the beginning of a land fill in West Virginia. He was hired because he was an expert bull dozer operator. He said you would be surprised at what people wanted to throw away.

But then I started thinking of the things that people want to bury. Some think they can just bury something and forget about what was buried.

Now, what about spiritual matters?

Don’t we sometimes think we can bury our personal garbage and we hope it will not come back to haunt us? But it doesn’t work does it?

Some of the stuff we try to bury smells doesn’t it? Some of it makes us sick to our stomach.

When sin creeps into our lives we must do all we can to get rid of it. Burying it and hoping it will go away doesn’t work!

Please examine the following scriptures and see if you will take out the trash.

“It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth” (Matthew 15:11, NLT).”

“For from within, out of a person's heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder” (Mark 7:21, NLT).

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45, NLT).

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