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Recycling. For people who are concerned with the environment, it’s the easiest thing we can do to help. I’m a faithful recycler. I salvage newspaper, magazines, copy paper, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, cardboard, tin cans, plastic, glass, You name it, if  it salvageable, I take it to the recycling center.

I learned to recycle many years ago during WWII, as a child. Patriotism urged it. However, most people stopped recycling after the war years. Unfortunately, the environment issue didn’t seem important then. The idea that the world might wax old before our eyes didn’t cross many minds, except those who were avid Bible students. Even then, where were the advocates?

Today as I gathered up my boxes and bags of recyclables, I really felt good about doing something to help, just like I did when I was a kid. However, I never really stopped recycling. Many families of the Great American Depression era carried over the save-everything that’s-savable-attitude to the war effort because it again became expedient. For me it formed a habit that stayed.

God Recycled Me!

I got to  thinking about these recycled materials--and it gave me pause as I thought, I too am recycled. God recycled me!

God gave me a recycled heart, as it is written in Jeremiah 24:7: “And I’ll give them a heart to know me, God…” (The Message).

God also recycled my mind, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5 NJKV).

God gave me recycled eyes that I may read His word with understanding, “My eyes are ever on the Lord…” (Psalm 25:15, NIV).

And He recycled my ears that I can heed Revelation 22:17, by inviting others to know Him, “‘Come!’ say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, ‘Come!’…”(The Message).

Because He did all this and so much more for me, I’m able to be useful to others both for secular and spiritual reasons. Whatever I am able to do in my life, I can do it to the betterment of others and for this planet earth too. I know that the Bible makes it plain that this planet, as we know it now, will one day turn to rubble, but in the meantime, we are stewards of this earth and recycling is a good thing. I’m happy that I’m not just a disposable bit of matter. I’m recycled for eternity.

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