Use It or Lose It

As I get older I see a principle at work in both my body and mind – The ‘use it or lose it’ principle!

For several decades, people have used the term “use it or lose it” to aptly describe the best way to off-set the problems that come with aging. As overly simplistic as the idea sounds, scientific studies continue to show that if you disengage in later life, things fall apart….Evidence of this is most stark with regard to the effect of retirement. There is an impressive decrease in cognitive performance that comes with retirement, which researchers suggest is because when we stop engaging in cognitively complex tasks, the brain is no longer challenged enough to maintain cognitive function. It has been proposed that retirement is problematic…

The ‘use it or lose it’ principle does not merely effect our minds, but also our bodies, and even faith. I am not saying you lose faith with aging, I am saying that if you stop expressing your faith you may indeed lose your faith in God. The people of Israel testify to this.

You were unmindful of the Rock that bore you,

and you forgot the God who gave you birth. (Deut 32:18)

Israel’s forgetfulness of God began with being unmindful. Being unmindful of God be either intentional or accidental.  Sometimes Israel intentionally ‘moved on’ from trusting God as he did not satisfy (Ezek 23:35).  At other times they accidentally forget him becuase they were pre-occupied with home renovations (Hosea 8:14)?! Christians never retire or holiday from gospel work. Faith, use it or lose it (Matt 25:14-30)!

Denis Oliver