My husband and I have vacationed on a certain beach a few times in the past. Each year we walked along the beach looking for a distressed wooden love seat that was left on the sand. Each time we saw it, it was more distressed than the year before.
Many things that are left out in the salt water and wind become distressed. Docks, dock posts, iron… All of these show the wear of time, and were all once new. Now they seem authentic. Pain and time have brought on wear and tear.
Funny how we age and feel like we may be distressed or “past our prime.” You may be retired, an “empty nester”, a wife left alone after the death of a beloved spouse…..
Why even the most wonderful beach houses are older and full of distressed furniture and wares. They have a story to tell. They mattered and were useful to many over the years.
The same holds true for people. Your retirement is proof that you made a mark on the world and worked hard in your career. Your empty nest is an indication that you have helped raise a generation that can now go out in the world on their own. The death of a spouse can be a testimony to how much you have loved and were loved.
You are still valuable. A season of life might have passed, but a new one is now ahead of you. Our flaws may have been exposed, our pain obvious. We ourselves may be distressed…but could they be marks of learning and living this life?
And remember people actually buy things that look distressed when they aren’t! Hmmmmm…
~Be Encouraged Today~