Out to Pasture
These very long benches were once used under a pavilion at a campground in Toccoa, GA. I suppose they have outlived their usefulness or have become a danger for everyday use. Whichever the case, I am reminded that we all have jobs to fulfill and eventually a time will come when we are either replaced or "put out to pasture" if we fail to perform the task assigned or can no longer meet expectations.
That is how the world treats us and it can be unfair particularly when age, health or some unforeseeable circumstance suddenly causes us to be in this state of joblessness, without a sense of purpose or self-worth.
However, as best I can tell, God is never finished with us until we breathe our last on this side of eternity and then we have a whole new life to look forward to if we are a part of His forever family.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. (Ephesians 4:1)
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him. (Colossians 2:6)
If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. (Romans 14:8)
The world may judge you or assign value based on what you DO, but God values you for who you ARE. You are a child of the King! Live accordingly and don't be content with the pasture. There's always something to do for the pleasure of the kingdom.