I have to apologize–I’ve been behind on my 15 minutes and the longer I go, the harder it is to write. When I can actually sit down and do it every day, then each day it is easy–you’ve seen some of my 12+ paragraph missives–I wish I could ration them out so I wouldn’t have gaps. But once I miss a day, and then two, or three, suddenly the ideas start drying up and it gets hard(er). I’ve been very busy lately, having spent 3 nights at the church for Inter-Faith, but more than being busy, I’m tired. It’s hard not sleeping in your own bed, not having your own space and I cannot imagine being one of the families that have to move from church to church each month. How stressful.
So today’s 15 minutes is going to be “borrowed” from my pastor’s sermon today. Pastor Walt talked about “saving it for good” as in, not wanting to use something until it is the perfect occasion. I immediately could relate to what he was talking about. I try not to do it, but must confess that I’m terrible guilty of “saving it for good.” I also tend to “save for good” in that it never leaves my house too, but that would be my “clutter” entry.
I’m going to step out on a limb here and suggest that a lot (all?) of us have things we are “saving for good.” I have some dishes–nice china and some silver. The china is from my mother–in that they were her dishes that she was “saving for good” and she never used them. She cannot even remember where she got them from. So she passed them on to me and now I have them wrapped up, nice and safe, in the basement in a rubbermaid container, saving them for good. And what good is that?
I have some nice silver–THREE sets as a matter of fact–one from in-laws, and one from each of my grandmothers–that I’ve never used. It’s “good” and I’m saving it. Ironically, I do go out and buy plastic silverware (isn’t THAT an odd saying) on a regular basis because we have lost some of our everyday forks and spoons.
And what exactly am I saving this for? When will the “good” happen that will make me get out the dishes and silverware? It can’t be for those twice a year family dinners that I host, because the family has long since learned that paper and plastic are best for those days–that way we are able to spend time with each other instead of the dishwasher.
And why am I worried about the dishes being broken by the kids? So what? I didn’t buy the dishes or silverware. Actually, neither did my mother or grandmothers. A quick search on ebay shows that my silver, in it’s nice wooden box, lined with velvet, is going for a whopping $50-$60. And the unused Royal Doulton china–a 7 piece setting is listed for $40.00 but has zero bids.
One of the women in my Mom’s Group refuses to “save for good.” She argues that everyday that you are alive, with loved ones who are happy and healthy is a good day. She actually deals with a lot of illness in her family and takes “getting out of bed” as a successful event. She’s learned to celebrate little victories and chooses to honor those victories with silver and china.
I challenge you to look around your house and find what you are “saving for good.” Your life is good right now–even if you are unemployed, under-employed, sick or sick and tired. Find your “fancy” perfume and sprinkle it behind your ear–and share it with your daughter. Have a peanut butter sandwich on the china, some milk in the fancy crystal glasses. Recognize that NOW is “the good” until we are done on this earth. I think God will be using His best dishes everyday once we join Him.