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One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

Published on Monday, October 20, 2014

We all come at the world with different view points. The other day I passed a house with this large, welded together, colorfully painted, six foot tall metal rooster. Wait, what was that? I had to turn the truck around. Why didn’t I think of this?! Everyone needs a six foot tall metal rooster in their front yard! It’s funny sometimes what people will put in their front yards. Where the idea came from is anyone’s guess.


To me, this seems silly, but that person was proud enough to put it in their yard! This brings me to the saying, “One’s man trash is another man’s treasure.”

Another recent example I had of this was from Atlanta, IN, at their Atlanta Earth Festival. They had this obviously fake wooden deer for sale. This, supposed deer, was meant to be hung on the wall. I guess if you are a deer hunter wannabe then this is meant to somehow fake people out? “Wow! What a unique deer! Where’d you hunt this one down?”     


I wasn’t crazy about it, but someone surely thought it was great. (One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.)

I took all three of these pictures in the last two weeks while on the road. These three pictures are going to mean different things to different people.


The gate could take one person back to a time when things were slower, remind them of grandpa’s farm, or think that this is backwoods enough that there has to be someone making moonshine beyond THAT gate. Others may just see a cool picture worthy of a frame.

One person sees trash. Another person sees treasure.


I took the picture of this small little corner post office in Tyner, IN while riding in the truck with a customer and friend in northern IN. Some people see a picture of government waste. Others see a picture of a time when small towns were vibrant, thriving, and every little town had a post office. They wish for those times to return. They call them “the good ol’ days”.


This gas pump was literally a TV. I was watching a weather forecast and then the meteorologist came on to tell me all about it. I thought, “you have to be kidding me! Can’t you let my brain decompress for just a minute! I just want to pump my gas! This life is fast enough! Stop the information overload!”

But others thrive on a continual steady flow of information and think that this is awesome. “A TV in a gas pump! Can it get any better? Technology is getting better and better! Who wouldn’t love this?!” Me. There is no doubt that technology has made us more efficient. It has done that to me. But, it has also made me more exhausted.

"One man’s trash is another man’s treasure." Maybe we should instead say, “You may see it like that, but I perceive it like this.”

I can’t believe that many people, in the busyness of life, (texts popping in, cell phones ringing) are driving by this every day not slowing down to take it in.


Some people see a field of something that farmers do, but not sure if those are green beans, Lima beans, soybeans, or what? Don’t care. They drive by without a second thought.

I drive by this and am forced to stop to look at the beauty of what God created and provides. The fall harvest is one of the most beautiful things in creation. It is the fulfillment of the promise in Proverbs 67-6 “The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.”

We tend to think that our food simply falls from the sky or is grown in the grocery. Ultimately, the land is provided by God and without his blessing on it, we would have no food. Job 5:10 says, “He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside.”

So, while some people see a farmer doing his thing, I see God providing. And I am forced to stop and take pictures like this.


Yes. There is amazing technology created by men in the picture above. That technology makes this harvest much more efficient. The crop being harvested yields more because of the science behind the development of the latest genetics and traits that protect the crop from insects and are safer to our environment.

Ultimately though, when I see this, I experience God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” - Psalm 19:1.

Even though we can all perceive a picture differently, I challenge you to stop and look at this beautiful time of the year, (this beautiful picture of God through His creation and harvest provision) and simply say, “thanks”.


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Practical Farm Research Director at Beck's.

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