The one about the stolen bin

Spot the difference recycling binsThe picture on the right is what greeted us on Saturday morning. We have these bins for recycling materials outside of our house and at some point on Friday night someone decided to take one.

The mind boggles. Why would someone steal a plastic bin? Why didn’t they take both? We had a good look around the estate the next day as we thought it might have been kids but the bin was nowhere to be found.

It’s always feels discouraging when you put time and effort into things only for others to spoil them. We discovered that there was a bin missing as we were on our way to a fun day out that we had been planning. Should we have fun or should we be angry and frustrated all day? We actually had a great day out involving a delicious breakfast and 13 found geocaches as well as a very muddy field.

The way other people behave is often outside of our control but the way we respond is very much a choice we make. We should want to be an influence for good and to make the world a better place but ultimately we cannot make people behave in certain ways.

Jesus said; ‘For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of’. Luke 6 v45

What is within us will determine how we behave and speak. If we are angry within then we are likely to behave in and angry way, if we are full of love then we will be loving to others etc. Jesus is saying that what is within us is what will flow out of us.

When we try to help people with problems, we can wrongly focus on their behaviour rather than dealing with the root cause of what is going on inside. When we discipline our children, we try to understand what was going on inside them and what made them behave in the way that they did.

If we cannot get control, of our inner self then our circumstances will define us. If we come to an understanding of who we are and the inner us is good then it will take more for negative circumstances to affect us.

Why not take some time to think over your past few days. Was your behaviour in any circumstance a surprise to you? If it was, then think about what that says about what is going on inside you either positively or negatively.

May we ask God to fill us with his Holy Spirit so that we would live in a way that is pleasing to him and that is better for us.

Oh and you’ll be glad to know that our new bin and the one that was left behind are both now screwed down to the wooden frame. I may try to ensure that the behaviour of others doesn’t affect me but I can be wise in how I respond to it.

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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