Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Old Things

I have been thinking about old things.

My husband took me to Seattle, Washington for my birthday! No, I am not thinking about me being old! :)  For this post I am remembering walking through antique stores. I look around me now here at home and through the years items in my home have become antiques! I see some of the same or similar things that I had or still have sitting on antique store shelves. Doug has even older stuff because he keeps things just in case he needs it someday.

This morning Doug said that he had to go change his socks "because this pair has some holes it them." I told him "Well then, just throw them out!" He says, "But I can still get a few more wears out of them."  Today he has a doctors appointment and I guess that merits socks without holes. Isn't he funny? Yes, he is.

Anyway, back to old things. My twin daughters enjoy old things. They want them in their homes and they want to re..... re....... hmm. Can't remember what they call making "new" things out of things that are old. They'll use old tools for bookends; make garden decorations out of old kitchen utensils; or they like to see them sitting around just so - gathering dust. That's what I say, "It's just a dust collector, it's just something you'll have to dust."

But one day in someones past those items were new. One day in the past those items were precious to someone. One day in the past those items were treasured, dusted and kept away from others that could misuse or abuse them.

Now... there they sit.

I thought to myself: No family to take them and treasure them? No family to make them a family heirloom? Now it is just a thing that has been bought by the highest bidder and put in an antique store so that I can go look at them.

Kind of a sad thought isn't it? But that thought makes me put "things" in focus. Nothing, nothing on this earth will last long enough to enjoy in eternity. Items we treasure after we die will probably not be treasured by our offspring, or at least not forever. What's even more sobering to me are the many hundreds of photographs from the past, beautiful people, babies, houses, boats, on and on - photos that have been forgotten and now sit in a basket in a dark corner of an antique store.

Let's keep living focused on eternity. Learn what eternity's values are. What will last forever? Focus on God.

King Solomon's thoughts from Ecclesiastes:
"So I said in my heart, "As it happens to the fool, it also happens to me, and why was I then more wise?" Then I said in my heart, "This is also vanity." For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise man die? As the fool!" Ecclesiastes 2:15,16.

Top:An old ball and chain!!!  :D
Middle: Old bottles.
Bottom: My daughter :)
I love you daughter!