A Simpler Time

My Dad’s watch has been sitting in a drawer since he died. It was something he wore for many years and it’s a little part of him to treasure. It’s probably 75 years old and not working so I assumed it would be expensive to get fixed. So, I tucked it away and now nearly four years later discovered it as I was searching for something in my nightstand.

The watch shop is next door to the toy store so on a trip for Christmas gifts for the grandkids I made a stop in to get an estimate expecting something outrageous. The shop had a beautiful display of modern and very expensive watches. Why on earth do people even wear watches when our cell phones keep track of time, date, temperature, calendar, emails, social media, zillions of pictures and more. A couple of years ago, The National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder officially launched the newest atomic clock which is accurate to one second in 300 million years.

I honestly was expecting the shop owner to try and sell me some fancy watch with all the bells and whistles. But he didn’t. He took his little eye magnifier out to inspect my dad’s watch. And then he simply wound it up. It’s been a week now and it is still working perfectly …. If I wind it up every day.

As the new year approaches and there’s a focus on new resolutions and taking care of ourselves, my dad’s watch will remind me that life really is simple:

  • If it’s not wound up, it won’t work … I must be intentional about taking time every day to keep it running.
  • If it’s wound too tight, it will break … so when it starts to feel like there’s tension I must stop winding.
  • If it's not working, it’s probably not broken … it just needs some attention.

Daddy’s watch has a worn patina and chipped glass that covers the dial but even with the imperfections it still works even after sitting in my drawer for four years. With the addition of a brown leather band for $30 I’ve got a beautiful timepiece and keepsake. And each morning when I wind it up I hope to be reminded that intentional, loving care makes everything work right.

Thank you Jesus for coming to love us first so that we know how to love ourselves and others.

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Nancy Nickoley

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