Yeah, it’s basically just a disemvowelling (yes, that is actually a word… I looked it up) of the word trash. So, knowing that, one might wonder why on earth that was a part of a message I heard at church yesterday morning… well, I’m going to tell you. I’ll also share a few other nuggets I gleaned while sitting at Broad River Community Church this morning, ’cause the message and its themes really resonated with me, and I’d love to share them with you, lovely readers!
TRSH stands for, “The Rebellion Starts Here.” And no, I’m not talking about some violent uprising, political angst, or anything like that. At the risk of sounding cliche, this is a rebellion of love. It is a rebellion that starts in each of us, as Christ-followers, but can easily be transferred to others. The rebellion finds its base in the fact that we claim Christ as Lord of our life, not the materialism, vanity, or other secular things that much of our society holds dear. Likewise, the mantra of TRSH leads to spreading love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control… yes, the fruits of the spirit, but also just things that our society is missing SORELY these days. That is why I say that this rebellion is not just for Christians. TRSH is for anyone who wants to spread kindness and love into a dark world.
Genuineness is another part of TRSH. So often, we ask people how they’re doing, and the reply is, “oh, fine and you?” “fine, good.” There’s nothing REAL happening there. We need people in our lives that we can HONESTLY ask how they’re doing, and expect an honest answer, even if it’s not a happy one. Likewise, we need to be able to confide in someone, trusting them enough to be vulnerable in answering. Otherwise, how on earth can we really know each other? Along the same vein, we need to be intentional about our thoughts, too. We need to practice taking them captive, so we don’t act on “bad thoughts.” I’m not saying “bad thoughts” won’t happen… but we don’t have to act on them immediately. This is something I struggle with sometimes, linked to talking back or being stubborn…I, for one, really need to work on spending a bit of time with my thoughts before I say or do something… especially when it can lead to harsh words or actions that ultimately hurt more than heal. And words are strong! That’s a topic for a whole other day, though.
Another tidbit came from my favorite book of the Bible, Philippians… specifically, my favorite chapter thereof. We were discussing Philippians 4:10-23 (my favorite verse is 4:13!). For a little background, we’ve got Paul, sitting in a cold, dank prison, speaking words of encouragement to his brothers and sisters in Thessolonica. I don’t know about you, but I am always impressed by the JOY Paul is always able to spread, even from PRISON… PRISON! Verses 11 and 12 REALLY stuck with me today, maybe because I’m at a frustrating crossroads in my life, as I simply wait to hear from various jobs to which I’ve applied…. maybe it’s because the Holy Spirit just knew I needed new insights to these verses. Regardless, here they are:
“11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” NIV