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 enjoys reading the scriptures and action novels, spending time with his family, listening to music, drinking Dunkin' coffee and watching New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. He and his wife Natalie have been married over 20 years and are blessed with three children. Together, Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people trust Jesus and grow in their relationship with the Lord. The Lord has blessed Steve with several educational experiences including a Bachelor of Bible at Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Mid-America Theological Seminary, a Master of Ministry (M.Min.), and a Ph.D. of Religion (in Counseling) from Bethany Divinity Seminary. He is also a Board-Certified Christian Counselor (BCPPC) and a SYMBIS facilitator. He is available for special conferences and training sessions.

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