Today we dumped our old windows. Nobody wants them, not even the recycle depo at the dump so we had to throw them out. It seemed such a shame, years ago someone carefully made them and was pleased with their days work. They've kept the cold, wind and rain away from our family for 30 odd years. I kind of felt sentimental. But why keep them just because I've gazed out the glass for hours??? They have rotten bits (lots of) and they need painting (regularly), they have been home to many little borers who have flowen out into the big wide world to find new homes. Yes it's time to move on. Our new windows are snug and weather tight, and after Arthur has cleaned them (if i ring up mum and ask her) they will be clean and shining.
And the men who were satisfied with their day's work years ago?? Well they did their job well. They can be proud. It was not wasted. The windows were fantastic. But now we have moved on.
Often and often I find myself straining to achieve something that will last forever, but actually all that God requires is for us to do what lays to our hand and do it well. And as long as it lasts as long as it is needed, that is all that counts. No pressure! just a sense of achievement.
Hurray, what a relief. I'm just off to do some important jobs, cuddle my sick boy (that will be recorded forever), make my husband and friend a coffee (that also) and cook some tea for my family. All things that if done well are things that count.