My beautiful Fair Isle sweater was hand knit with great care. One of the rows caught on a nail and broke the yarn. It began to unravel--come apart--slowly but surely. Unless I tied off the ends and found someone to repair it, it would slowly but surely revert back to yarn.
Loose lips may sink ships- but loose ends can create havoc.
The thing about loose ends--if you don't take care of the problem--the problem will bite you in the butt. What starts as a small loose end will eventually end up as a big mess--piled all around you. And the worst thing is it prevents you from focusing on where you are headed. You are so busy dealing with the mess left from the past mistake of not tying that knot, that you lose perspective on the present.
I am an old Girl Scout and learned all the ways to stop those loose ends from fraying and unraveling---INCLUDING the method above. As I got older, I began taking shortcuts such as tape and cauterizing--but if you ever should need a professional "Loose End Fixing"--I'm your girl!
I have been on a quest to have ALL my loose ends tied up in this world.
One of the lessons learned while cleaning up all the loose ends left when we lost Momma is to do as much as possible today---and don't burden your children with your mess. So I am making lists--leaving instructions--writing it all down for my children. They will not have to think about it--I will make all the decisions for them. If the moment suddenly comes and decisions have to be made about future care, I have already made that decision and my attorney has filled out the forms---the children have all been informed.
I have tied up the loose ends--and that is off my mind--now hopefully I can stay in the moment and not obsess about the future.
The important question---the thing I need to spend time on is determining any spiritual loose ends I might have. If I die today and stand before the judgment seat, are all my loose ends tied up or is my relationship with Him frayed and unraveling? It is good to have all the earthly loose ends neatly tied up---but what is much more important is any loose ends spiritually. Time to do a little heart searching--and making sure--ALL those loose ends are repaired.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,
that each one may receive what is due him
for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
II Corinthians 5:10