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A Disposable Society

BY LEANN DILBECK –

Disposable has become, not only an all too frequent term used in today’s society, but sadly, may be becoming a reflection of our society as a whole. Defined as “designed for or capable of being thrown away after being used or used up,” that has been, in many cases, sold as an added convenience to Americans oh so busy, chaotic, hectic lifestyles we’ve become addicted and believe is “normal.”

I’m as guilty as the next person. We used disposable diapers on both of our children. I carry a disposable coffee cup each morning from home to the office because I can’t manage to be dependable enough to take home a travel mug each afternoon. It does, in many ways, make life more convenient but I pray hasn’t become a mindset.

My generation, and many before us, were raised up that if something had any sort of use left in it, you either kept it or bequeathed it to someone who could still get some use out of it. Packaging wasn’t even disposable as I’ve heard my Momma speak of “flour sack dresses.” With today’s global market place, it’s all about making it as cheap as possible. Cars don’t even seem to have the longevity and retail value they once did.

Look at the life of many of today’s children…in foster homes, being raised by grandparents, and many finding themselves on their own at very tender ages. Parents who have discarded their blessings from Heaven like a Kleenex or have found themselves in lifestyles that are just too busy, there’s no room to be a parent.

Many are raised drinking and eating from paper and plastic that is eventually dropped or thrown over the shoulder…never getting to know the delicious taste or sustainable nutrition found in a home-prepared meal made with love just for them.

It makes me realize that it is so easy to drive down the great freeway of life, taking in every fast-food or convenient store, and consuming all of the “junk” that sustains you just long enough to get to the next town but never knowing the satisfaction and fulfillment of solid, nutritional food…is just like we do chasing the junk of this world instead of craving the solid nourishment of the bread of life that comes only from Him.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” (John 6:26-27)

Relationships, marriages, and thus, families, just carelessly tossed to the side, as the definition says, ‘thrown away after being used or used up,’ without any consideration of what has to be invested back into them to make them sustainable.

People are not disposable; therefore, relationships (friendships, marriages, parental, etc.) should not be disposable but treated as priceless investments, mutual to all involved. We’ve all met those people…quick to tell you how so many people have wronged them and have a list of broken relationship after broken relationship…never seeing that the common denominator is them. Those are the people who are much more interested in what they GET from a relationship instead of what they GIVE…and it’s always all about them.

Our walk through life should not be a trail of empty paper cups, wrappers, and containers representing the lives and relationships that have been carelessly disposed of…but a reflection of a life lived nourished on the bread of life …a life spent investing and giving just as He spent His… “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” – John 6:35

Until next week, do all that you do for the glory of the Lord!

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