What happens when something isn't new any more?
Do you forget about it?
When you obtain a new material possession, do you cherish it?
You answer me with a sure nod of the head.
But show me the same possession a year later and it won't be anywhere near you, it may be broken even, damaged, perhaps useless.
So what happens when familiarity wears into things?
We get bored once the magic 'freshness' has gone.
We feel drained after our desires take us from one thing to the next, never fulfilling us.
We can end up living in a dangerous and brutal circle of chasing the rainbow's perpetual pot of gold.
What about people?
Can the same notions apply too?
What about the three weeked- married couple?
Why is it that they seem so in love?
Probably because they actually are.
They are infatuated with each other, they can't stop thinking about the other.
It is a new world, it is exciting, thrilling.
But what about the couple who have been married now for thirty-five years?
Why don't they hold each other the way the young ones do?
Why don't they look at one another with full and caring eyes as they might once have known?
Because they have grown too familiar and familiarity can lead to disrespect?
Don't let that privilege that has been given you in any way at all, be taken for granted.
So easy, I know for me to say so, so much harder to do and remember to do and be consciously aware to do so too.
But if we can have the endurance and the determination to get to the moon, I'm sure we can begin to train ourselves to never let people get familiar.
To keep them ever present in our hearts and minds.
Because they are the most precious presence in our lives.
Don't ever allow them for one hour of the day to think they are not.
'Thank (God) in everything (no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks), for this is the will of God for you (who are) in Christ Jesus'
- 1 Thessalonians 5:18