My legs used to be in pretty good shape. Until seven weeks ago, that is, when I injured my right hamstring at a softball game. I had to be helped off the field.
After four weeks of nursing the leg, I was able to walk without a limp. Today I can run (gingerly, at half speed and over very short distances) without any pain. I’m even back at the diamond once a week.
But the recovery is far from over.
I used to walk to and from my office twice a day on weekdays, a total of about 2-1/2 miles. But, after driving to and from work for the last few weeks instead, my legs are out of shape.
I can’t complete the walk at my normal speed without my leg getting stiff and sore. When I try to run at my usual speed or attempt any feats of strength or endurance, my legs turn to Jell-O.
It’s a classis case of Use It or Lose It.
It only takes a short time of not using your muscles, your mind, your talents - or even your money, according to Henry Ford - for them to start dwindling. I was amazed at how much and how quickly the strength and endurance in my legs faded with lack of use.
God has blessed us each with a unique blend of gifts, and we were meant to use them. Just like with my legs, it might surprise you how much and how quickly they can fade if you don’t.
What are your gifts, and how are you using them?
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” – Woodrow Wilson
“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” – Matthew 25:29
“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.” – Luke 8:18