My family and I just returned from a week-long trip a few days ago and I was quite taken aback at the dust I found around the house.
I ensured the house was thoroughly cleaned before we traveled and the amount of cobwebs the spider spun made me wonder if we were away longer than a week. I also noticed moist and about and around the house.
“Isn’t that the typical picture of life?” I thought to myself. Things tend to deteriorate when not in use.
I saw a vivid picture of how things deteriorate when not in use during my NYSC year few years ago. The public school where I served had a library that was always under lock and key. Students dare not go in there to read the books safely tucked in on the shelf. I saw for the first time how books break up like light ceramic plates when not opened.
I saw new books donated to the school library as far as 20 years ago as at the time that were barely touched yet breaking up and could be crushed with the hand.
I have read and heard a doctor say that the part of our body not used tend to grow lean and weak and eventually wither.
We can easily relate to the physical deterioration of things as a result of lack of use because they are palpable and it got me quite thinking…
How much of our God-given potentials are we optimizing? That they are not tangible does not mean that they are also not subject to the natural law of deterioration.
The beauty of a thing is in its use. There is aesthetics in functionality.
I cringe at the thought of the amount of dust and cobwebs that would cover so many gifts, talents, and God endowed potentials when we stand before God at the end of time.