Rust is another name for iron oxide, which occurs when iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture for a long period of time. Over time, the oxygen combines with the metal at an atomic level, forming a new compound called an oxide which weakens the bonds of the metal itself.
Focusing our energies on the wrong things has the same effect on our life as rust has on metal. When we expose ourselves to negativity over longer periods of time, eventually we combine with a bad attitude forming a new compound called “rotten life”, and—voilà!— in a manner of speaking we’re rusting; over time we’ll become the worst version of ourselves and our own worst enemy.
Physically we evolve every day. Our body goes through changes all the time. We grow up, come to our peak performance and then, as years go by, our bodies disintegrate. Trying to conserve our physical appearance at all costs would be fighting an uphill battle and focusing on the wrong thing again. Time may not be kind to our bodies, but we can choose to be kind to ourselves. Kindness is life to our bones while bitterness is toxic, similar to cancer cells taking over our body. In this vein, we read in the book of Proverbs (Proverbs 14:30):
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.”
When our mind’s eye is narrowed and we only see darkness, let’s not forget that there is light at the end of any tunnel. When life turns on us darkening our horizon, let’s remember: it’s still a blessing to be alive. After holding on just a little bit longer we may run into the treasures we’ve had all along: More people love us than we know. More people are blessed through us than we are aware. And even if this was not the case – one thing never changes and is not subject to rust: the love of our Creator.
God’s love for you and me never disintegrates. To know His love is to know hope. May His amazing love always be on the corners of our minds!