Friday, March 02, 2007

Trash Day

Tuesday is trash day in our neighborhood. Like many communities, ours is sometimes hard on our local sanitation service. On the other hand, sometimes we just need to brag on these servants.

Normally, my wife rolls the trash to the street when she walks our son to the bus. One Tuesday, the can wasn't in place as the garbage truck rolled by. The driver blew the horn as they passed, and my wife realized that the truck would be returning in a few minutes on the other side of the street. She hurriedly rolled the can to the street.

When the truck returned, they stopped, dumped the can, blew the horn and waved as they drove away. We think they were laughing, too. It was a win all the way around: garbage gone, driver smiling, and we benefited from someone who went the extra mile.

There's some great "life-learnin'" in this story. The people around us often make mistakes, fall short of our expectations, or otherwise place themselves in difficult situations. We could "drive on by" and let them suffer the consequences. Or, we can take notice and do what we can to help them out. I think, when I look back on my life, I'd like to be known as one who took notice of others and was willing to pitch in to help them when I could.

For you see, that's what God did: "But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us!" Romans 5:8 (HCSB)

1 comment:

Joni said...

Great post! Just think how much better each day would be if we all extended that grace and help. We're always on the needing end or the available end.