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Oceans for Emotions: Use it or lose it

May 20, 2011 at 12:20 a.m.

Elaine Wheat

By Elaine Wheat

"To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."

- Ecclesiastes 3:1

Today, I chose to fish with my 40-year-old Ambassadeur 6000 reel. It was like meeting an old, good friend who doesn't let time or space decrease the familiar feelings.

My Ambassadeur 6000 reel is very valuable; to me it is priceless. My dad couldn't afford it when he bought it for me, but he paid the price because he wanted me to have the very best. It was the first reel that was really mine. I have probably had three dozen other, lesser reels since then, but I have always chosen to use my Ambassadeur. Then last year, I put it away.

I put my Ambassadeur away because it was so valuable that I couldn't risk ruining it. I had this dream of someday sitting down with my grandchildren and tenderly unwrapping an oil soaked rag and revealing Granny's first, ancient, antique Ambassadeur reel. Like all fine antiques, I wanted it to continue to be in good useable condition.

But today, I changed my mind. I ripped off that oil-soaked rag, slapped that Ambassadeur on my old, 12-foot surf rod, walked right up to ocean's edge and cast farther than anyone else to catch that big redfish waiting just past the second sand bar.

I decided that if something is useable, it should be useful, so it had to be used. Antiques just rattle and rust, their worth being measured in worthlessness.

If my grandkids ever want to see Granny's Ambassadeur 6000 reel, let them come out to the surf and look. There they will see their antique Granny and her antique reel still fishing away.

Nothing wants to be wrapped up and put on a shelf if it is still useable, still working and still good. That is why my Ambassadeur 6000 is still as valuable as the day my dad bought it.

Dear Lord, help the valuable people who are entering the winter season of this life to realize there still is a time and purpose under the heaven for them. Like my reel, we each have a lifetime guarantee. Use us, God.

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