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The dumpster story
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
June 11, 2024

There was once a man who had a secret stash of pornographic magazines. One day when his wife was gone, he indulged his sinful nature but immediately felt the shame of his hypocrisy. So he took the whole stack of magazines down to the dumpster for their apartment complex and threw them away once and for all.

Well, not exactly once and for all. Something within him didn’t want to give up those fleeting moments of pleasure, so before his wife returned, the man decided he would get the magazines back. He reached over the edge and—ready for this?—fell headfirst and broke his arm, leaving him stuck at the bottom of the dumpster and unable to escape until his wife came home.

Seriously. That happened.

Any sin, on its worst days, can feel like that. You love it, you hate it, you love it again, and you sometimes end up broken and bottomed out. There are moments when there are no logical explanations for our sin, just the intense shame of our addictive choices.

This is why Romans 5:20 is worth memorizing: “But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” When your sin feels so overwhelmingly big, remember what is always bigger—the grace of God. When our Father finds you in the dumpster of immorality, he doesn’t walk away in disgust. Instead, he offers a hand, cleans you up, and stays by your side to nurse you back to health.

He cares that much. He is a perfect Father after all.