COVID-19 has taken a big toll on Worthington events. It gobbled up King Turkey Day and blew away the Windsurfing Regatta. Thankfully, the community was still able to recently celebrate one of its most sacred festivities: Worthington Junk Days, when what is clutter to some, but treasure to others, gets dragged to the curb so the city can haul it away.
But the city doesn’t always get the chance. Junk Days are the one time of the year when it’s not just OK, but actually encouraged, to take stuff off of people’s yards. For free. My inner Dutchman couldn’t resist.
I’m at a minimalist point in life right now, so the last thing I want is more junk, but I did notice a set of perfectly good tennis racquets neatly placed by the curb down the street. It didn’t matter that I haven’t actually played tennis in over 30 years; they were just too nice not to take. So at least I’m equipped for my next match … except I’m thinking now that they might be for racquetball, not tennis. Oh well. They’ll sit on the shelf for a few years before they once again end up next to the curb on a future Junk Day.
This is how our throw away mentality works. We gather up stuff, then over time we come to realize that most of it is junk we don’t need, so we haul it to the curb once a year to make room for new junk.
Junk Days are a great way to get rid of useless stuff, but kicking things out to the curb doesn’t work as well with the deeper things in life, like our worldview and belief systems.
Most people around here likely grew up with some form of Christianity. But over time, life changed. Christianity is no longer in style; in fact it clashes with most of the modern sensibilities currently in style. Maybe you miss it, but you just don’t have time to do seemingly irrelevant activities like going to church, reading the Bible or praying anymore. Whatever your reason, you’ve carted that dusty old belief system out to the curb so you can make room for the latest and greatest whatever.
But have the new and improved things you’ve hauled into your life actually brought you the peace and fulfillment you're looking for? Or do you keep trying new things so that at the end of each year, you have a huge pile of failed fads out by the curb, but still no peace?
The good news is that even though you thought the gospel you grew up with was hauled off long ago, it never really left. Christianity has survived for millenia even though one fad after another keeps trying to kick it to the curb. Nothing else can replicate the peace that comes from God’s grace, and nothing can replace the benefits of aligning your life with the ageless wisdom of God’s Word.
Take a look around you right now, wherever you happen to be reading this. Everything you see will be sitting next to the curb at some point in the future. Grab onto the things in life that will last for all eternity: form a solid relationship with an area church and read God’s Word every day.
Chad Werkhoven is pastor at Worthington Christian Reformed Church.