Friday, August 19, 2016

Have You Heard The Story Of "Garbage Mary"?

Mary dressed in rags and she called a tenement her home amid mounds and mounds of garbage. She spent her days digging in garbage cans. She ate her meals from those same trash cans. The local newspaper picked up her story and found out  she was known as "Garbage Mary."  Mary was finally admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Astonishingly ~ in her filthy apartment ~police found certificates and bankbooks indicating she was worth at least a million.

When I was newly married I worked at a bank and I personally knew another "Garbage Mary."  She had a ton of money. We knew when she had walked in the bank before we saw her coming~she smelled so badly. She lived as a bag lady but when she passed away the city gained all her money for she had no heirs.

This is just heartbreaking to me. From God's standpoint, this is how we sometimes live. As children of God, we still hang on to the "garbage" such as lust, envy, pride, impatience or bitterness. We sometimes choose to live off the garbage of this world.

Just as "Garbage Mary" did not have to live off the cast off trash of others, we too fail to live from our Heavenly resources that are our inheritance from our Father. We have mighty resources at our fingertips. We have the Word of God  and the Holy Spirit to help us. We have no excuse for rolling in the dirt of this world when we have the power of God.

James 1:20-22 

 20For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
 21Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
 22But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.



Camille said...

True words and faithful encouragement, Carrie...thank you for sharing. XO

Dots said...

I feel pity for both Garbage Mary's. So heart breaking and sad are those that need so much the Lord Jesus Christ. Like Lazarus the poor beggar...who was full of sores, laid at the gate, desiring to be fed...and the dogs licked his sores. But look at his end. God is good and wise. God is good and wise.

Thank you Carrie for a reminder of how humble we need to be concerning these most precious souls.

Down On The Farm said...

This is true. We are our own worst enemy many times!!



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