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Do you enjoy flea markets? Have you been known to frequent thrift stores? Does your car automatically slow to a halt when you pass a garage sale? Are you fascinated by the array of sofas and recliners that can be spotted on any given day while driving California’s freeways?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a connoisseur of “mongo.” Mongo is slang for “any discarded material that is retrieved.”

Author, Ted Botha wanted to furnish his New York apartment inexpensively, so he turned to an unusual showroom—the city’s sidewalks where furniture and bric-a-brac are routinely recycled. In fact, he wrote a book about the people he met who reuse what their neighbors discard. Mongo, Adventures in Trash, chronicles the story of a man who found enough building material at construction sites to build an entire house! Collectors of soda cans and bottles claimed they made $10,000 a summer in Central Park! And, according to the book, others survived on food thrown out by restaurant, delis and grocers.

Give Them Another Life

One man named Dave crammed his Queens apartment full of stuff found when he explored landfills and sewers with his metal detector. On Dave’s living room table are some two-dozen rings and bracelets taken from sewers. “…I love to give them another life,” said Dave, toying with some of the rings now nestled on his fingers.

Did you know that God is a connoisseur of “mongo?” There is nothing the Lord likes better than to retrieve discarded lives. “God don’t make no junk,” it has been said. And, there are no losers in heaven’s eyes. Every person, no matter how “down and out,” can be recycled by God, if they are willing.

The Lord is in the recycling business! If we allow it, the Master will smooth out the rough edges of our characters, remove the rust and decay from our lives and give us a brand new start. Like Dave, God says, “I love to give them another life!” In 2 Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”

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