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01/18/2010

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The Unused Becomes Useless


"We must pay more careful attention therefore, to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.....how shall we escape if we ignore (neglect) so great a salvation" (Heb. 2:1 & 3)?

As a hobby, I re-lace baseball gloves. If you are not familiar with a glove its is made of separate pieces of cowhide stitched and held together by rawhide laces. I am not a miracle worker, just a re-lacer. I have seen gloves that have been left unattended or cared for in a closet , attic or basement for years and been asked to restore them. As I have said, I'm just a re-lacer. If not cared for, leather will dry, crack, deteriorate and eventually rot away. The gloves that I can fix need restoration because of too much use, not neglect.

So it is with us as Christians. We don't wear down spiritually because of over use. Oh, we may need a little R & R once in a while to recharge the batteries, but the human spirit works at its peak efficiency when it is doing exactly that.....working!!! We just can't read, study and meditate too much. We simply cannot try to gain too much knowledge. "My people are destroyed because of their lack of knowledge" (Hosea 4:6). It has been proven that the aging of the body can be delayed through exercise and beyond a shadow of a doubt, the spirit and mind can become keener through constant positive use.

Then there is the doing part..."And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right" (2 Thess. 3:13). I admire Presidents Clinton and Bush for their efforts on behalf of the earthquake victims in Haiti. After years of the pressure of their presidential terms, it would be easy for them to just "ride off into the sunset," and rest on their laurels. But they have chosen the better work of using their influence for those in need. When we don't keep using our "doing good" skills they will eventually erode and be very difficult to restore. We must not tire of doing what is right. Lastly there are the opportunities. Have you heard the expression that, "we never get a second chance to make a first impression?" In this vein, an opportunity passed over in which we are able to serve, is an opportunity lost. We just don't know if we will get that opportunity again.

Lets make sure that we do not let ourselves get into a spiritual malaise. When it comes to the work of the Lord, there is simply no spiritual retirement. Lets not get to the point where we can't be re-laced.

Have a great day...It would be an excellent day for a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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