13/03/2024 Band practice devotions

On Wednesday night at band practice our devotions were provided by David Ferguson. We’d like to share these with you today.

Keeping For Good

Sadly I never met my mum’s mother as she sadly passed away when my mum was only seven years old. Her mum was the youngest of four sisters and two brothers, and three of those Aunts never married. They were what was called maiden aunts.

They stayed together in a big manse like house, and I remember visiting it when I was probably pre-school. I remember the big entrance hall, with a big stair case with a long stained glass window. I had the run of the house apart from one room. It was cold and austere but was the Front Room and was kept for good. Probably for occasional family gatherings or when the minister came for tea.

Kept For Good.

It still is a thing even if we no longer have houses big enough to generally have this luxury.

The Ferguson side of my family would have certain things we kept for good like “the good china” or the “good Sunday best outfit”, but it could get close to near hoarding. Not as bad as an American hoarding series my daughter watches, but something to keep an eye on regardless. I hate throwing things out but I am getting a bit better.

A favourite example was my Grandads shed at the bottom of the garden. As a young boy to me it was magical. I was seldom allowed in and never by myself as there was too much to hurt myself on. It had a smell of oil, woodwork, dust, warm air and the forbidden. There was one drawer that was special. It was full of keys !! Of every shape and size and all rusty. But my Grandad kept them…..”just in case”. If a neighbour locked themselves out of their homes I could picture my Grandad getting his wheel barrow out and loading the keys in to try and help. To my knowledge he never did…..but you never knew.

When my Dad passed away it was a landmark moment for me in many ways, but this is always the case when you experience this traumatic part of your life journey it makes you revaluate your life and the time you are given.

Like me my Dad was a golfer, and as was the case in the day, his wardrobe had a good suite (for weddings and funerals ) and lots of Pringle Faldo golf jumpers. All those jumpers would be worn, but would be folded and put back in their plastic wrappers “to keep them good”…..and I did exactly the same.

Two pennies dropped for me with my Dad being Promoted To Glory at only 65 years of age.

Firstly, to do something about the “One of these days I will…….”. Our time is precious on this earth and while we can….we should do !! Regardless of what that desire or objective is. Find a way to make it happen.

The second was “Keeping it for good”….for what purpose ??.

Sometimes “Keeping It For Good” is to make you feel good which I suppose is valid enough.

I have worked in the luxury jewellery and watch business for over thirty years, and clients will buy special pieces to commemorate special life landmarks. Some pieces they “keep for good” and only wear occasionally which makes them feel special when they do wear it, but the majority of the time it will be in a box or a safe and often forgotten about. On one hand I get it…but on another…what a waste.

It used to be you might get a gold watch for your 21st birthday, but this is a trend that has fallen away. I have my Dad’s gold watch on a leather strap that I will have worn twice, because it is special to me but a bit small in size compared to my daily watches. I wore it to my eldest daughters wedding, and I will wear it to my youngest daughters wedding next month for the sentimental symbolism of a bit of my dad being present on the day.

The rise of the professional or sports watch has moved the dial on this. Not a sales pitch here but if you buy quality, Swiss and mechanical they will see us out and the next generation will inherit and enjoy them. Perhaps investing the same amount of money, but are robust and durable to be worn every day….and enjoyed every day.

My mantra now is buy it, insure it, wear it and enjoy it. Life can be too short, we cannot afford to say “one of these days I will…” especially if one of those “one of these days” is about our Christian journey.

We have one life to live….how are we living it?

I do question my faith, but I think that is healthy.

“One day I will see God” “One day I will have eternal life”

What about today? Do we live for the eternal but miss out on the joys of today? Is our Christian journey a task or a chore, or a living positivity that adds joy to our daily lives?

What is adding value? What is important?

Questions to ponder, because the answer is different for us all.

Keeping For Good can work for a nice jacket or watch, but not for our life. And that is absolutely the case for “one of these days I will….” Especially if that is about a vibrant ongoing relationship with God or that first step

When is the right time ?

The chorus of a favourite song of mine says:

𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘢𝘮, 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘐 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦
𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 , 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘮𝘦
𝘈𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥, 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥
𝘙𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘯𝘰𝘸….𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺.

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