2015-06-02 - Throwaways
Richard and I follow a sports team that is building a new stadium. Meanwhile, they seem to be just throwing away the present year - trading away some of the best players without even making offers, acquiring players that seem to have their best years behind them, just going through the motions etc. To me, this is unethical, as it's unfair to either the coach and players who are giving their best, or the fans who pay hard-earned money to support them.
But regardless, thinking about this brought to my mind the fact that with God, we have no throwaway years - nor even days, hours or minutes. Every minute can be redeemed and used by Him. Sometimes we wish we could throw away or forget some of our moments, those when we were not at our best - when we lost our temper and hurt or offended someone, when we made a stupid decision, or when we were the victim of someone else's sin/crime/mistake.
To God, there are no throwaway times. He can use every moment as a teaching moment. He can not only teach us by our mistakes and sins, but He can also use us, as we share our experiences to help others.
And there are no throwaway people, either. Some folks in this country (US) and perhaps others (I am not aware) have the idea that once you reach "a certain age," as an elderly person, you are not contributing much, and it is best if you are just allowed to fade away (In too many situations of which we are aware, this fading away is facilitated by morphine, even if the patient doesn't have a diagnosed terminal illness or any pain at all, but that is another matter.). But that's not God's M.O. (modus operandi), either. In fact, some of the Bible's shining examples were elderly saints, including Joshua, Abraham and Moses. Even if you are too feeble to leave your or nursing home, you can still pray, be an encourager, and even do online ministry.
And likewise, some folks think that children or the youth have little to offer, but that isn't so, either. There is some very effective informal ministry being carried out by "kids."
We are never too young, too old, too stained from our past - too anything, to be used by God. When it comes to our relationship with God, the word throwaway is not in His vocabulary. Everyone and everything can be used by Him, for His purpose.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.