I hope you have had a good week.
For me it has flown by but I feel I have accomplished a lot which is always a good feeling when Friday rolls around.
Russ has been car shopping and so I will be saying goodbye to my second home and moving the kleenex box, phone charger, quarter for the Aldi cart and two little booster seats into a new vehicle in a few weeks.
I have a lot of miles logged and a lot of memories echoing around that car and I love it dearly, but after I test drove a newer model and then climbed back into ours a few weeks ago, I had to admit it looks a little shabby.
The finish on the steering wheel is worn off in the places I habitually grip it as I make my way along the highways and byways.
The floor mats can be vacuumed, but there are marks and dirt that no longer can be rubbed off.
In the back, little tennis shoes have rubbed marks into the leather and there is a deep scratch in the front of the glove box where my OCD self just had to straighten the tilt on the propane tank Russ was taking to be filled…and I guess I didn’t realize he had wedged it that way for a purpose…whoops.
That vehicle is well loved for sure and has served us well, but I don’t take care of it like I did when it was brand spanking new.
Back then I slowed carefully for speed bumps, I took turns cautiously and I eyed the road for potholes as if they were landmines.
It’s funny isn’t it, how we treat new things with such care and then as they start showing wear and tear and get familiar we just are not as careful with them.
The newness wears off and so does our diligence to tend and be tender.
Let’s not be like that with the things that truly matter eternally.
Relationships in family and with friends, our faith journey, our calling.
Let’s not get lazy and allow neglect become the norm for our souls.
Scripture calls it stirring up our faith and we are to do that in one another.
In an age where encouragement can be as simple as a text away, let’s be quick to fan the flames of love and hope and joy for our fellow travelers.
Well loved and well worn hearts are what the Gospel is all about.
May the Lord bless each of you as you journey onward today <3