We have separate pickup in our neighborhood for regular trash and recycling. Like most places in the United States it’s scheduled on the same day. Our trash pick-up is every Monday and our recycling is every other Monday. So every Sunday night we have the discussion, “Is tomorrow a recycle day?” We usually end up looking at our neighbors to see if their recycle bin is out. Last Monday was Trash and Recycle day. The Trash man came and went away with our garbage. The Recycle bin was still there at the end of the driveway when the sun was going down. I struggled with wanting to drag it back up the driveway into the garage to wait two more weeks…or leaving it down there hoping the recycle truck was still heading our way. I looked up and down the street and like little brown soldiers in yellow hats….all the recycle bins of all the neighbors standing in unity. Okay, this might be dramatic but this, as funny as it looked I loved the symbolism. We were united. We, the homeowners in Arlington Park Neighborhood, were united. We were waiting together, standing strong. If one of us pulled our yet to be emptied bins back into our garage, I’m pretty sure one by one we would all surrender….but not us. We were united and would remain united until each and every single one of the bins is picked up. And it worked! The next morning every single one of the bins was empty.
This might be a stretch but we really can do more together than on our own. You are not alone in your journey with God. You have brothers and sisters that are in it with you. They are frustrated and tempted and discouraged at times. They need your encouragement and you need theirs. We need to stand together (sort of recycle bins) and fight the good fight. If my friend can make good moral choices in this world then so can I. Ideally, if I can stand firm for what is right, others will be encouraged and stand with me.
Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!”
John 17:23, “I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”