In many countries, health laws prohibit reselling or reusing old mattresses. Only landfills will take them. Tim Keenan tackled the problem and today his business employs a dozen people to extract the individual components of metal, fabric, and foam in old mattresses for recycling. But thatâ€™s only part of the story. Journalist Bill Vogrin wrote, â€œOf all the items Keenan recycles .Â .Â . itâ€™s the people that may be his biggest successâ€ (The Gazette, Colorado Springs). Keenan hires men from halfway houses and homeless shelters, giving them a job and a second chance. He says, â€œWe take guys nobody else wants.â€
Luke 5:17-26 tells how Jesus healed the body and the soul of a paralyzed man. Following that miraculous event, Levi answered Jesusâ€™ call to follow Him and then invited his fellow tax collectors and friends to a banquet in honor of the Lord (vv.27-29). When some people accused Jesus of associating with undesirables (v.30), He reminded them that healthy people donâ€™t need a doctorâ€”adding, â€œI have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentanceâ€ (v.32).
To everyone who feels like a â€œthrowawayâ€ headed for the landfill of life, Jesus opens His arms of love and offers a fresh beginning. Thatâ€™s why He came!
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.