Last year a woman discovered a beautiful rug in a dumpster. She dug it out because it was beautiful to her. On a whim she took it to the TV program, Antique Road Show. The host of the show pointed out the rug was an Admalic creation about 200 years old. This woman from San Diego, California now has a rescued dumpster rug valued at $150,000.
Here’s a question: Does the person who put the rug in the dumpster have a claim to the thrown away rug? No. The Dumpster Rule states once something is set outside the home, business etc. as trash it is fair game for whomever. This includes any form of law enforcement, a passerby or a professional dumpster diver.
The wording is similar to this: Once it hits the dumpster it is no longer under your control.
I have invested heavily in rescuing people from the dumpsters of life. These are men and some women who have been deemed unworthy, unredeemable, and other terms signifying trash.
I could make a list several pages long of people I and my associates have picked from life dumpsters who turned out to be of great value to Christ and His work. Though often criticized, we continue helping people get out of the dumpster and get on with life.
People do not belong to other people to throw away and if they are thrown away for whatever reason, they still are God’s creation. Some of the worst attacks and criticism have proven groundless as the rescued have proven of great worth in the kingdom of Christ.
Deuteronomy 32:10 He found him (Jacob) in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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