"Use it or lose it!" I’ve heard this statement all my life, and let’s be honest we’ve probably said it to others or maybe even to ourselves at point. It basically means if we don’t use the gifts or talents we’ve got, we will eventually lose them. Think about our muscles, if you don’t build them up by doing some sort of strength training you will lose your muscles! Over time they will lose the definition and physique they were designed with. Without building them up we become flabby and weak. The hands of time are always ticking away but no matter what we have to know that God is not done with us yet! As long as we have breath we will praise Him, we will serve His people, and we will make a difference for the Kingdom of God!
We all have had that moment when we look at our closets and say “I have nothing to wear.” Of course, there clearly a full closet of clothes sitting in front of us, but still we see nothing. I can’t even count how many times I have tried to pull a fast one on my husband, hoping I’d get a shopping trip! After a few tries and not getting that quick run to Nordstrom I learned I have to come up with something! I used to see a bunch of old clothes but now I've learned to see it as a pile of potential!
Isn’t that so much like our life when we keep secrets and try to cover them up!? Recently I have been dealing with some feelings of failure inside. I felt like I wasn’t doing well in any area of my life (work, marriage, parenting, pastoring, etc...) However, every time someone would ask me how I'm doing, I would spray the Febreze and say “I’m good!" But the thoughts inside continued to grow and eventually, I broke. On the way to work one day I cried in my car and begged the Lord to help me be better.
I’ve always loved the idea of time capsules being dug up and brought to the surface. The things revealed in them bring remembrance, reignite passion and in a sense, awaken parts of our identity. Just like these time capsules, our hearts carry over things that we may have buried over a period of time.