The large chandeliers hang high in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort at Disney World. There’s much glitter and grandeur in the Victorian-styled lobby, and the twin chandeliers contribute their share to the lobby’s ambiance. Each chandelier has about two dozen lights, each covered by a small shade. As I gazed at the chandeliers I noted that not a single bulb was dark. It can’t be a small task to change a burnt out bulb in these high flying chandeliers, but there wasn’t a burnt out bulb to be seen. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised, Disney is known for keeping their property well maintained. It’s an admirable trait.
Everything needs maintenance, including houses, cars, lawns, and relationships. Life needs maintenance!
Entropy is what we’re dealing with in every aspect of our lives. Entropy refers to the tendency for things to wind down, deteriorate, become disordered, and move toward a state of inert uniformity. Keeping things running, updated, improving, and moving forward takes intentional thought, time, and effort.
Especially important is maintaining relationships, both with others and, even more importantly, with God. Left to themselves, relationships will quickly plateau and then begin to decline. If they’re to deepen and improve we have to work at them. Whether it’s our relationship with a mate, family member, friend, co-worker, or whoever, what’s required is that we listen carefully, respond appropriately, forgive often, cut each other some slack on a regular basis, encourage consistently, confront lovingly and rarely, and give the gift of time. When it comes to our relationship with God we nurture the relationship with Him when there’s conversation with Him through prayer, regular input from His Word, hanging out with others regularly who also are serious about a relationship with Him, and a willingness to obediently follow His will for us.
It takes considerable effort to maintain life as it was meant to be in a world that keeps wanting to deteriorate and fall apart around us. The good news, however, is that it takes less effort than living a life that’s not well maintained!
“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always.” (Hosea 12:6)