Do you have anything you hold on to for good? You know, special clothes. Special dishes. Special recipes. Special whatevers?
Before Pie was born, one very wise woman told me not to save any of his outfits for good. She said use them all. Don’t worry about the inevitable stains. Babies grow up fast. Before you know it, that special outfit you saved, goes unworn.
My mother had a set of dishes I loved, which were seldom used. They were the good dishes. What was the point of having them if we didn’t use them? Mom didn’t want the dishes broken. So the dishes were kept behind cupboard doors. In the days I visited Mom before she moved into a nursing home, I took those dishes out, and we used them. When Mom did move, I inherited those good dishes. I use them.
I have a habit of buying pretty stationary and brightly colored pens. Turquoise and Peacock Blue being my fav colors. BUT…I save them. (Read here to see one example.) The ink is so pretty, I don’t want to use it up. I’m not even going to count the number of books I have — which are unread. I think some of this is a holdover from my days as an elementary school teacher. Or from being a child of parents who lived through America’s Great Depression.
Regardless, I am getting better about all this. Honest.
As I approach a mile-stone birthday in a couple months, I’ve begun to understand there may not be a tomorrow. Those things I’m saving up for good, may just get tossed out by someone who doesn’t hold the same affection towards them, that I do. So, I’m using them.
I don’t want to save a day for good, either.
I want to experience all of life God intends me to experience. I want to take the time today, to enjoy his creation. I don’t want to wait for a special, or mo’ better time.
I want to smile at the antics of the squirrel I’ve nicknamed Bizarro.
I want to listen to the Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal sing God’s praises.
I want to discover new lizards in the yard.
I want to feel the sun and the breeze on my skin. Smell the sweet aroma of the trees and flowers. Watch the sun set and notice the palette of color in the sky at dusk. Look for the first star of the evening and wait for the next.
I want to stand totally and completely amazed and in awe, before the Omnipotent Creator God, and worship him for all he has done, is doing, and will do.
I do not want to take any of it for granted. I don’t want to waste it. I don’t want to save it for good.
This is the day Adonai has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24 (CJB)
I wish you well.
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