Pastor Marshall Brandon
Written By:
Trash | April 3rd, 2013


TrashThe dictionary defines trash is anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish – a worthless or disreputable person.

I was once considered and looked at in this way. So was Polly. I first met Polly at the apartment building where my wife and I lived. My wife and I were newlyweds and moved into a neighborhood that had balance. By that I mean you had some hard working class people during the day but at night the drug pushers, addicts, and prostitutes would appear. Polly (not her real name) did what she had to do to survive in the culture she found herself. She sold drugs, she used drugs, and she sold her body to support both. Polly eventually left the neighborhood and so did we.

Later, I encountered Polly at the local jail and thereafter for the next 20 years. I shared the love of God and the forgiveness and reconciliation that He offers. And then one Sunday night at this same local jail, after years of self-abuse, God moved in her heart and brought conviction as only He can! By His grace Polly became a “new creature.” Transformation took place and Polly, who still has her struggles, walks with the Lord!

We are all sinners! We do sinful things. Judas betrayed Jesus for some pocket change. We do sinful and dumb things. A lot of lives and futures have been ruined by doing dumb and sinful things.

But in God’s economy there is always hope for reconciliation and renewal. Our pasts need not be a stripe on our backs. The apostle Paul wrote to the Romans, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Not even the dumb and sinful things we do!

So remember this the next time you are tempted to feel that way about yourself or others. Our righteousness is like rubbish compared to the righteousness of Jesus. He is the only one who can make us good enough for God. Christ is our righteousness.

Polly calls me from time to time to declare “Pastor Brandon, Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!”

I concur – How about you?



  • Linda Dodson

    Hi Marshall! What a great story, and so much we can learn…Through our Lord everything and all things are possible…Thanks for sharing!

  • darleen grimsley

    My son is going through the reconcilation. Trying to redeem is worth again. But, I know he is redeemed through jesus christ. He has that in his heart. He did fall and hard. But, that will take a while to redeem himself to family and friends. He just has to take those baby steps like we all do. We can do all things through christ who strengthens. me. It is a day by day thing for all of us. Asking god to redeem us and forgive us daily.

  • Paula Kechisen Collins

    I don’t think it matters if we have done hard time in a state penitentiary or the prisons we create for ourselves; we have all felt like “trash”. I am just so thankful that we serve such a gracious, forgiving God who loves us unconditionally. He is the ONLY one who can make all things new.

  • tom scott

    Thx soooo much marshall. For 20 yrs. My self will running riot didnt care one bit about harming anyone. You were ALL in my way from pleasing myself anytime i wanted. Through my 16 yrs. being sober, i thought I was ( and was) the biggest piece of trash because of my selfishness. Now, as a product of the greatest heart surgeon, Christ, i know his redemtive power on the cross has transformed this trash into a new creation who’s only desire is to do his will not mine. Of course that isnt easy to do but we try like polly, Jesus is the best thing that has ever happened to me also. I wouldnt trade this way of life for any reason.

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  • suz

    i so concur. PTL …i am printing this for my dear daughter that so struggles with her past. Thank you and thanks to Bob abd RLB …daily i continue to be blessed and reminded of God’s amazing grace and faithfulness

  • Michelle Gregory

    Amen Brother!! In Christ we are a NEW CREATION!!

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