Monday, February 22, 2010

Use it or lose it

A few years ago I had a pretty nasty accident that has left me with limited movement in my right knee. While some days are better than others, I have realistic expectations of what my leg can and can’t do. So the other day I was a little surprised when I found myself lunging forward on that leg to help a friend keep from dropping a box she was carrying. In that instant I was not sure what shocked me more, the fact that I was using my leg in a way that I normally wouldn’t have or the fact that it was NOT doing what I was asking it to do! I had to quickly shift legs to not end up on the floor along with the box!

Once I got over my embarrassment for my complete lack of grace, I began thinking about what had just happened. I knew that the range of motion in my leg had become limited after my accident and that certain movements brought pain and swelling, but I had never experienced something that my leg just couldn’t do. I guess in the back of my mind I always thought that if push came to shove, my knee would still be able to do all the things it could before but just with a little more pain. Clearly that’s not the case!

We have the tendency to take things like that for granted in our lives. We expect to improve muscle tone without exercise, acquire knowledge without studying and climb the corporate ladder without investing the time and effort. One thing I have personally taken for granted is having an arsenal of Scripture. For years I thought if I just read over a verse a time or two, then I would be able to recall it when I was in need. Unfortunately, that couldn’t be further from the truth! While we may be inspired or touched by Scripture, we won’t be able to remember those words if we don’t take time to memorize them. Just like with an injured muscle, we won’t be able to utilize Scripture without investing some time and attention to it.

Deuteronomy 11:18-20 says Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates...” Apparently practice makes perfect! God knew that His word needed to be something that we would need to constantly remind ourselves of so that we could live according to His will for us. We can’t fight with the weapon of God’s word if we don’t have it in our arsenal…if we don’t use it we WILL lose it!!

Be blessed,

Deuteronomy 11:18-20


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