Life Not Worthless Like Trash
October 13, 2014
Indonesia — Halim lives in Indonesia and makes his living by going on his rounds picking up discarded items and recycling them. Some call him a rag-and-bone man, while others label him a waste collector. On occasion, he even makes the effort to refurbish an item so that he can resell it at a better price. This is the only way he knows how to make a living.
Surrounded by trash every day, Halim started comparing his life to trash. He saw no meaning in what he was doing. His life was empty, and just like the discarded materials, it seemed like he meant nothing to anyone. Mocking words from the people around him pierced his heart. They were like whispers from the devil absorbing every ounce of joy and drowning him in a pool of depression.
One day, Halim tuned his radio to a Sundanese language radio program broadcast by TWR Indonesia. Excited to hear something that gave him hope, he started listening regularly. This ignited his hunger to know more about Jesus Christ. Like a lion arising from slumber, his faith started growing.
Halim decided to become a Christian. His choice for Christ did not impact his financial situation; nor did his problems cease. Still, he had gained the insight that his worth did not revolve around having a good job. Even though he still collects trash, he gives thanks to God every day!
The mocking never stops. Halim often faces jeers – for example, “A waste collector is still a waste collector even though he is Christian. He will never be a boss.” But instead of letting the words tear him up like they did before, Halim now returns the jeerers’ scorn with a smile.
“They don’t know that God has made my life meaningful although I am just a waste-collector,” he says joyfully. Indeed Halim goes about his job faithfully. He knows that the Lord has changed him and that life has taken on a whole new meaning. To declare this fact to the world around him, he and his entire family have taken the step of baptism by water to proclaim their commitment to Christ.