Friday, September 19, 2008

Material wealth is like sandcastle, Don't Get Too Attached to them.

Imagine children playing on the beach, building sandcastles, they are giggling, enjoying their game when a big wave starts to close in. the children were not afraid, but rather they were very excited watching the waves wash away their beautiful creation. Even as little children, they knew the fate that awaits their creation, so they were not distressed or unhappy seeing it washed away into the sea.
The stuff of this world is about as permanent as sandcastles on a beach. Yet we get so caught up in it, defensive over it, and depressed over the loss of it. But God didn't create you for this world. Your destiny is not bound up in cash and bonds, land and houses, fame and monuments. So living to be a hundred years old is far less important than living well - Even if for a relatively short time. Beautifying your body is not nearly as urgent as living with a pure heart before God.
Children know that their castles in the sand are brief joys destined to be taken away by an incoming tide. So they don't fret as the waves approach. They typically watch their creations get swept away without shedding tears.
Everything about this life is so transient. The incoming wave of our mortality is going to sweep it all away. Like sandcastles at the edge of the ocean, nothing we do for the sake of this world can survive. Only what you do here for eternity will last. Only the treasures you send ahead will escape corruption.We are all vulnerable. We are all quite mortal. Everything about our existence here is about as enduring as sandcastles.
Life is God's gift. Revel in every good thing. Enjoy your castles in the sand. Just be careful not to let yourself get unduly attached to any of them.


Carol King said...

Hi Bola
Beautiful and inspiring post. Becomming detached from our "stuff" is definately a most liberating feeling, doing so allows us to relax and not have to worry about protecting our "stuff", collecting more "stuff" or making sure that no one takes our "stuff". Life is short so it should be spent treasuring people instead of "stuff".

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Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Good reminder for everyone. It's sort of funny, the things we see in this world will all pass away and only the unseen things--our heavenly treasure, our relationship with God, God's word will last.
Your post reminds me of Matthey 6:19-21 (NIV)
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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