You’ve looked everywhere for it. You’ve checked in all the places you can think of, but there is that lingering thought haunting at the back of your mind, “I wonder if I accidentally threw it away.” Most times it turns out not to be the case. For some unfortunate people, however, several valuable items accidentally got tossed. Here are a few from an article from 1-800-Got-Trash:
- An Artificial Leg – A man’s wife accidentally threw it out in the trash. The man was found at the dump digging around looking for it.
- A Wedding Ring – A veterinarian took off his ring while performing surgery on a dog. Somehow it got thrown out. Amazingly, he searched around and found it at the dump.
- Lottery Tickets – A man accidentally threw away 25 lottery tickets that were winners of $50,000 each, for a grand total of $1.25 million.
- A Kidney – A nurse accidentally threw away a kidney that was about to be used for a transplant. She had mistaken it for medical waste.
- Valuable Art – A cleaning lady at an art gallery mistook a valuable piece of art for garbage and threw it out. It was valued at about $15,000.
Perhaps one other that could have been added to this list was a possession of my Dad’s. When he went off to college, he left all of his baseball cards. In his collection were cards of Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth. Not seeing much value in them, his mom threw them out with the trash. There is no telling how valuable these would be worth today.
There is no doubt any of these items would be devastating to lose and yet they all pale in comparison to some items that are thrown out every day. See, every day people are tossing aside their salvation when they live in sin (1 John 1:6). Every day people cast off God’s love. Every day people throw grace out with the trash (Ephesians 5:4). Every day people are forfeiting their heavenly reward when they become unfaithful (Revelation 2:10).
As Christians, we’ve been given some of the most incredible blessings in the history of mankind (Ephesians 1:3). Their value far exceeds even the earth itself (Mark 8:36-37). Let’s guard them for the priceless treasures that they are.