The Beastie Boys have a song that says, “It Takes A Second To Wreck It, It Takes Time To Build.”
This is so true. It took years to build the twin towers. And it took a second to start the collapse that would take lives and change America and the world forever. In a half hour that first tower collapsed. It took minutes, seconds, to destroy something that took so much hard work, money, sweat and years to build.
Think of the time it takes to build a house. And the time it takes a wrecking ball to crash through it.
This can happen in our lives as well.
For example, a physical injury. An athlete can be in top shape, working hours a day to maintain the proper fitness and nutrition to make their body perform at its peak. Then one misstep can blow out a knee that puts them out of the game for months. They will have to have surgery, then rest and heal and go through painful rehab in order to get back to their playing shape.
I have personally had injuries like this. I worked hard every day to be at my best, only to find myself collapsed on the floor in pain and put on the injured list until I could heal.
In this life many things can happen to us that are beyond our control. There are accidents and there are outside forces that occur. We must deal with these and work to recover.
But many of these are caused by our own choices. One bad choice can cause days, weeks, months, years of pain and recovery.
We can also tear another person down with just a few choice words. Our tongues can be sharp, and they can cause damage that takes a long time to reverse. We may lose someone’s trust in one moment, making one bad choice. It may take years to rebuild that trust, and even then that relationship may never be the same.
Let us always keep in mind that it takes time to build a strong foundation, a strong relationship, a strong body and mind…it takes seconds to tear them down. Let us be diligent and mindful of this. Let us always consider our choices and the consequences they may have before we speak or act.
Proverbs 12:18 “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”