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.


Famous Last Words~

Just before Gandhi died these were his famous last words, "All about me is darkness; I am praying for light."  D.L. Moody's last words were recorded too, "This is my triumph; this my coronation day! It is glorious!" They were both expressing their perspectives on life~ death and all of the time in between.

None of us like to think about it but our time here is really short. I always wanted to be special and do great big things for the Lord. But I am just an ordinary person who loves God and adores my family. So I am pretty sure my words will not be recorded anywhere as "famous last words." 

When I was young I was quick to spout off at the mouth. As I have watched a few days pass by~ I have learned to bridle my tongue much better. (Still working on it!) But it is my heart's desire that not just my last words but all the words in between will be used to glorify God, to build up the man I love, to point my children and grandchildren to One who can make life as D.L. Moody said~ Glorious! 

Life is glorious! God is good! One day Heaven awaits us on that final Coronation day.

So ~why not practice speaking words oozing with honey. It will make life much sweeter from birth to death and all the in between.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

We never know which words we speak will be our last words. I want mine to be sweet as honey just in case. 



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