I put it on for the first time the morning of August 2, 2014. It was heavier than I thought it would be, but I didn’t mind that at all. I can remember taking it off that night and just looking at it. I would flip it through my fingers and examine it over and over again as if it had somehow magically changed in the past thirty seconds. It was a black tungsten ring that had a matte finish in the middle with shiny metallic borders. On the inside, there is a gold print of the date that I put it on for the first time. It was bright and shiny and new.
As I sit here writing this, I notice that there is relatively little similarity in that exact same ring. It is still the same color and it still has my wedding date printed on the inside and it is still round. But that is about all that is the same. What was once bright and shiny and new has now been replaced with scratches and chips. What once felt heavy now seems completely normal.
It is the start of a new year and we are full of so much hope and optimism. Gyms are going to be overrun, we’re all eating healthy, and everyone is promising that they are going to be “better’ in 2018. But how long will it be before we make excuses or get discouraged? March? February? The end of this month?
WE DO THE SAME THING WITH OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST
Can you remember the day you became a Christian? Can you remember that feeling when you came up out of the water and anything was possible? You were excited, and joyous, and forgiven. You were bright and shiny and new. When was the last time you felt that way? Do you still look at your relationship with Christ or do you forget it is there because that had become “normal” to you? Do you miss the bright and shiny and new? Do you wish that you could go back to that time and put those feelings in a jar and hold onto them?
BE PROUD OF THE SCRATCHES AND CHIPS
I LOVE the scratches and chips in my wedding band. I am so thankful that this ring is still on my finger. The fact that I wake up every day with this ring on means that for the past three years I have been blessed to be married to the most amazing woman. And all these scratches and chips represent that through the good times and the bad I am still married to the most amazing woman. Just because something is not bright and shiny and new, doesn’t make it less valuable.
We all need to be reminded of things. My ring is a reminder that I have done some things right, and a lot of things wrong. But when I take a moment and look at my wedding ring, it reminds me that my wife is still there.
Luke 22 and 1 Corinthians 11 both iterate that statement that we have heard many times before, when Jesus says, “Do this in remembrance of me.” When you look at your spiritual life and your relationship with Jesus, what do you see? You have probably done some things right, and a lot of things wrong. But Jesus is still here, waiting for you to come to Him.
Posted on Sat, January 6, 2018
by Beth Redden