When my wife Leanne and I first got married, one of our common hobbies was re-finishing antique furniture. Whether it was a chair or table, the surface was scraped, sanded and wiped down before staining. While not every piece turned out how I wanted, this activity provided a time of interaction and satisfaction when finally completed. Instead of buying disposable pieces of furniture today, several items are antiques with a few over 100 years old.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; Psalm 34:18-19.
The term disposable refers to something intended to be used once, or until no longer useful, and then thrown away. At some point, American families have replaced family heirlooms with modern pieces of furniture. When you search for the identification tag to see where a piece was made, China is likely the origin. Although some brands may last longer than others, moving from one place to another often results in donating or disposing unwanted furniture. This mindset is not limited to possessions.
Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart—Psalm 119:1-2
Many modern companies have developed a culture that everyone is replaceable. The years of company loyalty from my father’s generation is disappearing. In a world influenced by numbers, profit margin and shareholders, employees are annually discarded without a goodbye party or word of thanks. Meanwhile, names, relationships and social functions are merely a means to get ahead, a stepping stone for the next promotion. If this trend continues, the blessings of God will pass by, waiting for an honorable corporation to get behind and support. May this blog remind you that no one is worth disposing in God’s eyes.
by Jay Mankus