A Brand New Lease on Life

Not long ago, I was making my way as a top music producer. I had the pleasure of creating hit records for some of the biggest names in the business. Now, my entire workday is spent inside a recycling factory. The sweet sound of musical harmony has been temporarily replaced with the screeching tone of crushed metal. Not only are the surroundings dull-looking, but the morale of the workers is sullen because the operation is monotonous. Yet, surprisingly, the enterprise still manages to maintain a consistent level of productivity.

Our primary job is to take damaged machinery, break down its parts, then separate them into bins. By quitting time each day, these bins are overrun with plastic, metals, aluminum, and gold, which is then packaged up and sold off to the highest bidder. At first glance, the factory is nothing more than a scrap yard full of unwanted items and useless junk. I mean, what good is a broken down copier, a busted printer, or a burned out floor model television that looks like something from the Good Times set? But, what looks like garbage on the surface often possesses a substantial amount of value. This truth reminds me of a person whose life has collided with sudden misfortune. Perhaps you were once the shiny new object in the lives of others. Or maybe you were the one everyone looked up to and respected with the highest regard. Then life got in the way and dropped your stock value once your reputation was punctured. If you don’t quite know the feeling, just take my word for it–it can be really painful; especially when you begin to get treated like garbage.

Now, though, I understand that that may not be so bad after all. While working today, I discovered that rubble becomes hazardous once it starts to pile up. But if the parts of value can be extracted first, then much good is salvaged. Sometimes we look at our personal affairs and come to the conclusion that our lives are a complete mess when in actuality, there is more of our story to be written. The reality is you are just in a spiritual recycling factory. So, don’t worry, God knows what He is doing. The lesson to learn is that you must do away with certain character elements before you can truly walk into your divine purpose. Leave the trash behind, retain the attributes of value and embrace your destiny. 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Don’t allow the old you to blind you from seeing that you now have a brand new lease on life.

Michael Winans Jr is a 3rd generation member of the world renowned Winans family. Mike began his music career at the age of 16 singing alongside his cousins in the Gospel group, Winans Phase II. Soon after, Mike initiated a career in songwriting/production and formed his own company, Baby Mike Music. In 2006, he signed a co publishing deal with EMI Music and began working with many renowned artists. His music career spawned him millions of album sales and a Grammy nomination. But in 2013, Mike’s life took an unexpected turn when he was sentenced to nearly 14 years in Federal Prison. However, Mike has taken a position of strength by redirecting his attention to his foundation, Christ. Mike is now a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching nightly bible studies and ushering fellow inmates into the revelation of Christ.