A few months ago, Hubster decided it was time to clean out all of the clutter we’ve accumulated over the past 6 years since moving into our house. And boy did he. The attic, closets, kids rooms, (the garage is still overflowing … uh hem), etc. But there are a few drawers I use that are “off limits” to Hubs because they are MINE!!! You know, the ones that have all of my “girlie” stuff in them.
Today I started pulling out some of the items to see what I could throw away (Hubs would be so proud). And way back in the back behind everything else, up against the back wall of the drawer, I found my old favorite eye color & highlighter (Bare Minerals Clear Radiance) that’s probably about 10 years old now. For me, when something starts running very low, I hold onto the container as a reminder to order some more. In this case, instead of using the rest of it, I put it away to preserve it and only use it on special occasions until I could order some more. Have you ever done that? My daughter has a favorite shave lotion and she said that when it starts getting low she stops using it regularly to try to make it last. Well, that’s what I did with this eye & face color. EXCEPT that in the process of trying to preserve it, it got lost in my drawer, forgotten about, and now it’s expired and wasted.
Isn’t that quite the spiritual lesson as well? Many things in life are “use it or lose it”. Which reminds me of the Parable of the Three Servants (Matt 25:14-30). 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
Am I using the gifts and talents God has given me or am I hiding them? What about you? If real life is “use it or lose it” are you using it, or losing it?
Just food for thought. Iced tea cheers your way and have a GREAT day 🙂