These are evil times, so make every minute count. (Ephesians 5:16)
I have had the same watch for twenty-four years. It was a gift from an uncle. He gave it to me when I was just fourteen. It was one of the first digital watches ever made, and it weighs about two pounds. I have gone through about five watchbands wearing it over the years. In addition, some of the numbers on the display are getting hard to read. Still, I keep buying new batteries for it and refuse to get a new one as long as this one works. My wrist feels strange without my old watch's familiar weight on it and my heart still feels a touch of warmth from my late uncle's love when I look at it.
A part of me is reassured when I look down at this old timepiece and still see it working away after all these years. It gives me hope for myself in the years ahead of me. This body of mine recently just turned thirty-eight years old. This means that if I live an average life span on this world, then half my life is already over. Since a large part of the first half of my life was spent figuring out what life is all about, this only leaves me the last half to really live my life the way it was meant to be lived — choosing and sharing love, joy, and oneness with God. I take hope seeing my old watch still working away after most watches are thrown away. It reminds me that I can keep working away, too, and bring a little Heaven to Earth, no matter how old I get.
[Jesus said] "You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it useful again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world — like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." (Matthew 5:13-16 NLT)