Don’t Save It For Good

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.

Today.

I want to listen to the Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal sing God’s praises.

Today.

 

I want to discover new lizards in the yard.

Today.

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.

Today.

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.

Today.

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.

Do you?

This is the day Adonai has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24 (CJB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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And This is Love

Pilot and I enjoy watching all the various creatures in our backyard. Isn’t God’s creation amazing?

The other day, Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal flew in to check out the bird food supply. As is their usual custom, Mr. C cased the joint, and determined the area safe. He then signaled Mrs. C the all clear chirp. As Mrs. C descended to the ground, and the bird seed, Mr. C kept guard from a safe distance. Love.

Watching the pair of birds made me think of how Pilot does the same for me. Pilot protects me, and makes sure I am safe. Pilot goes to work each day to secure food for us. Love.

Taking this one step further, I thought of how God does the same for each of us. God protects us and makes sure we are safe. God provides for our needs. God allowed his son, Jesus, to die on the cross of Calvary so we could have our sins forgiven, and so we would be able to live in Heaven with Him. Jesus is preparing a place for us right now. Amazing Love.

We won’t be scrounging for leftover seed, like poor Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal have to do, once the squirrels realize the bird feeder is full. Nope. God will prepare a banquet for us at His very own table. (And I won’t have to worry about being gluten-free. Bring on the pumpernickel!) We will eat like sons and daughters of the One True LORD.

Oh, how great is the love the Father has lavished upon us. That we should be adopted into his family, and be called his beloved. There is no greater love.

Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God”—and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. Our heredity on the Godward side is no mere figure of speech—which explains why the world will no more recognise us than it recognised Christ.

1 John 3:1  Phillips Translation

I wish you well.

Sandy

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