In Sun City, an old shopping center is the home for many thrift stores for charity—humane society, women’s shelter support, and a big one is run by the Lutherans.
Last week I took a load of clothing to the Lutheran Thrift Store. I had help unloading the stack of dresses (including the one I wore once for my son’s wedding back in 1997), jackets, coats, shoes, etc. A few days later I looked for the Ross bag to take back several garments I had purchased but wasn’t pleased with. It was nowhere to be found. I’m guessing it got into the mass of items for the thrift store. At first I chastised myself for not being more careful. Then I thought about all the times I bought something from a thrift store and left feeling as if I’d gotten a great deal, almost like I stole them.
It is said, charity begins at home. I believe it begins in the heart and by loving others more than yourself. It disturbs me when people throw usable items in the garbage can. That means our landfills are filling with items that could have been sold or given away for charitable purposes. One’s junk may be someone else’s treasure. It takes little more effort to pack them in a bag and drop them into a container or thrift store, but it feels good.
Dear God, help us see a purpose for things we no longer need. Amen.