The Trash Thieves

We hear of this more and more each holiday season. Some people steal boxes as soon as they are delivered to a house. UPS, Fed Ex, and USPS are working overtime in deliveries and thieves are working overtime at collecting the deliveries. Have you seen that in the news? Simple crooks may prowl through a neighborhood looking for boxes left on lonely looking porches. 

One woman with extra Amazon boxes who had ten packages stolen in last week thought of a bright idea. She filled the boxes with garbage, taped them back up, and set them out to see if people would dispose of her trash. They did! 

I like how she became proactive to protect her house and her stuff. While small, this may cause the thieves to think twice about stealing from her front porch. She did not give up. She decided to act.

Jesus said Satan is out to “steal, kill, and destroy” John 10:10). In the Christian life, we have a thief that is out stalking our lives looking for the opportune moment to steal our joy, rob our peace, and take our satisfaction. Don’t let him steal from you!  

Don’t’ put trash in the boxes of your life; you can be proactive in other ways. 

  1. Read the Bible each day.
  2. Spend time with God in daily prayer.
  3. Find someone to tell about Jesus.
  4. Be with your church regularly, finding ways to minister and serve. 

There is no need to fear.  Paul told the Colossi Christians in Colossians 3:15, And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  These four practices result in good spiritual health, will protect you when the enemy shows up to discourage you, and will help you glorify the Lord Jesus in your life.

Be proactive in the Christian life.

Published by Pastor Steve

Steve Harness and his beautiful wife, Natalie, are blessed with three children. They have served in ministry together for nearly 20 years and have been in Wilton, NY since 2009. Pastor Steve enjoys drinking Dunkin coffee and watching the New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. Steve has a varied ministerial education, including a Bachelor of Bible from Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Ministry from Bethany Divinity Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Counseling from Bethany. Currently, he is enrolled in the Master of Divinity (Christian Education) program at Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring the Wilton Baptist Church, he is also the principal of the Wilton Baptist Academy in Wilton, NY. He serves on the board of the New York Association of Christian Schools. Both Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given to them, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people saved and advancing in their walk with Jesus.

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