“Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.”
~ Psalm 71:17-18
Yesterday I got all nostalgic over something incredibly silly: a dishwashing brush.
You see, my new one arrived in the mail. Yes, I also know it’s silly to order dishwashing brushes online when you can buy them anywhere, but the one I use I’m particularly attached to, since it has little feet that make it stand up. I think that’s neat. So I’m stuck ordering them off of Amazon, since I just can’t give the little feet up and I can’t seem to find them anywhere in town.
Anyway, back to the story…
So, I pulled the new one out of the box and went to throw the old one away. And I stopped short, because suddenly I got all misty eyed about the fact that this was the dish scrubber my husband used (I cooked, he washed the dishes – an ideal set-up) and if I threw it away, I would be left with a dish brush that only I have used, even if it is new.
Then I laughed at myself. And I know that if my husband is witnessing this kind of thing from heaven, he’s laughing with me.
Because my husband legacy on earth isn’t in something so trivial as a dish scrubber. It’s in the way he served people, loved people and led people to Christ. It’s in the creative things he engineered that show his intelligence. Maybe the dish brush is symbolic of how he loved to do things to help me at home, but I don’t need to hang on to the ratty old scrubber to remember something like that.
It made me think about the trivial things we get caught up in on a daily basis. Little things that suddenly become so important to us that we risk missing the big things God has for us. No one will remember that you had a flawlessly matched wardrobe ten years from now, but they will remember the kind things you did for them when they needed you most. No one will remember that you always had the latest and greatest gadget in your hand, but they will remember seeing the love of Christ in you.
Be encouraged to keep your eyes on what matters most. Today I am doing that by loving the time I have with my little boy and listening to him giggle – and by throwing out the old dish scrubber.