The Fate of Sandcastles

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The Fate of Sandcastles

  1. 1. The Fate Of Sandcastles You've watched it, too. I know I'm not the first or only person who has seen it. 6/9/2009 But there is a lesson in it 1
  2. 2. There are some children on a beach. They're playing and giggling – building sandcastles all the while. They seem so intent on the project. You get amused at how meticulous 6/9/2009 2
  3. 3. The looks on their faces as they screw their mouths around and stick out their tongues make you smile. Their resolute concentration on the task is priceless. 6/9/2009 3
  4. 4. Then a big wave begins building and starts toward shore. But the kids don't panic. Instead, they do the strangest thing. They jump to their feet, scream with delight, 6/9/2009 4
  5. 5. There is no panic. No sadness. No bitterness. Even children know the inevitable end of sandcastles. They are neither surprised nor angry about 6/9/2009 what has happened. 5
  6. 6. You and I should be so wise. The stuff of this world is about as lasting and durable as children's sandcastles on the beach. Yet we grownups can get so caught up in it, defensive of it, and depressed over the loss 6/9/2009 6
  7. 7. God didn't create you to be famous, get rich, live in the biggest house, or drive the fanciest car. He created you for His glory. He put you in the world 6/9/2009 to love people and 7
  8. 8. Your destiny is not bound up in physical things, but spiritual. So living to be a hundred is far less important than living well – even if for a short time. Beautifying your body is 6/9/2009 far less urgent than 8
  9. 9. Children know that their sandcastles are brief joys destined to disappear with an incoming tide. So they don't fret 6/9/2009 as the waves 9
  10. 10. They watch their creations get swept away without shedding tears. Again, we should be so wise. 6/9/2009 10
  11. 11. Everything about this life is fleeting and perishable. The incoming wave of human mortality is going to sweep it all away. 6/9/2009 11
  12. 12. Like sandcastles, nothing done for the sake of this world can last. Only what we do for eternity will 6/9/2009 12
  13. 13. What would the loss of your job or business do to you? What if your house were lost to fire or storm? What if a strange pain sent you to your physician and led to the discovery that you have only 6/9/2009 a few weeks to live? 13
  14. 14. These things really do happen to people, you know. We are all as vulnerable as 6/9/2009 sandcastles. 14
  15. 15. Life is God's gift. Revel in every good thing. But as you enjoy your creations in the sand, just remember not to get overly attached to them. 6/9/2009 Trinity15

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