“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21a
When I entered the room, I saw it for the first time. It’s funny how there are some things right in front of your eyes and you never, ever see them. That happened today. I was up early, and it was Thursday. Thursday is my self-imposed deadline to make sure I am well on my way to have the next week’s Grits well underway. My wife Judy and I have learned that it is better to get a head start on Grits and before that can happen, I must write them. So, Thursday morning, found me at the computer and mashing keys. And then it happened.
I needed to leave my home office for a minute and when I came back into the office, I noticed something. Let me set up the scene. In one corner of my desk, I have a desk lamp. In the middle of the desk, I have my iMac. The keyboard and trackpad sit right in front of it. So, as I came back into the office, the light was reflecting onto my keyboard and that’s when I saw it. I noticed that several, more than a few actually, keys were shiny, and others were dull with their factory matte finish. I backed up a step or two and replayed the scene. Sure enough, some were shiny, and some were flat. How interesting.
Well, a closer look, a closer investigation revealed what I thought would be the case. The shiny keys were those that I used the most. You know, the letters that you would find over and over again in any writing. Some other keys were somewhere in the middle. While the matte finish wasn’t worn totally off, they weren’t members of the shiny club either. And finally, other keys, like the “x” and “z,” keys looked practically brand new…because they were. And that made me think.
What if we could magically transform ourselves to the keys on the keyboard? I know, I know about now you’re wondering what I had to drink this morning! Sure it was coffee? Well, it was. But if we could, would we be one of the well-worn keys that made a bigger impact in the story. Would our lives impact the world around us in a positive and productive way? Whether it is the smaller circle of our families or the bigger circle of our community, would our impact be missed if we weren’t there? My wife plays the piano and recently she was playing at our senior adult center. One black key, a D#, was totally gone and she was saying how difficult it was to play without it. Is that our impact?
I am sure of one thing. When my Dearest Daddy finally decides it is time to disconnect my keyboard, I want to know that I have made a difference. I want to finish like a shiny key—one that is worn smooth with life. I don’t want to go out barely used and barely missed. How about you? Of course, that comes with a risk. The keys are shiny because my fat, little fingers bang on them all the time. And if the keys of your life’s keyboard are going to be shiny, it can only come with a lot of banging around. But trust me…it is worth it.
The best keys, the shiniest keys, belong to those who have learned the grandest purpose in life…love God and love people. If you get that one right, well, trust me you will have an impactful life. And it goes further. When we choose to love God like He says, we will have an impactful eternity. I’m one of those folks that believes the end here is just a beginning there. I believe there is more…a lot more…after the last heartbeat. And as a Jesus guy, I want to be sure that He is pleased with my keys. In a story Jesus told in the New Testament part of the Bible, the master of a servant was full of praise and says, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” In other words, “Good job.”
I want to make it to heaven with a life of shiny keys…well worn, well used for others and Him. Does that sound noble? Well, I don’t know about that. I think rather that is the least we can do for a Heavenly Father that loves us so much and is always there for us. To be a shiny key, we need a lot of help and I know, and you know…He’s got this. Bro. Dewayne