Lessons from the beach – Part 3


Matthew 7:24-27 – “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew,and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon the house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

This is a picture of our pitiful little sand castle built by my husband, my daughter and I. So sad, isn’t it?

We built this sand castle several feet from the shoreline. We wanted it to last as long as possible. We built mountains in front of it and a lake and a moat – all kinds of things in hope that we could ward off the inevitable a long as possible.

Well, we thought we had done pretty good. It lasted almost all day long. It wasn’t until about six o’clock in the evening when high tide was really coming in that it finally disappeared. Shellville was gone.

So many lessons to learn from this one experience. But I want to focus on this one: You can built your castle, but unless you build it upon the Rock, it will eventually be swept away. You see, we built that puny little sandcastle knowing that the tide would destroy it. But people build castles every day intending them to stand. But they build it near the shore or in the world and think that all will be well. They build their illustrious careers. They build important relationships. They build up their bank account. All for what? Their name being dropped in the right crowd or respect amongst wealthy people or fear from others who do not have what they have? What is it all for? What do these castles accomplish?

What about your castle? What kind and where are you building it? Honestly, I can say that I have two. One that I foolishly build here (and am trying to tear down) and one that I have started in Heaven (I won’t know how that one turns out until I get there). I’m not sure that what I am storing up in Heaven is really a castle. I do know that it is treasures. Matthew 6:19-21 reminds me that this is where my focus should be.

All of us can learn a lesson from the sandcastles that are built everyday on the shores of the sea. Things that we build here on earth, regardless of where and how they are built, will eventually be destroyed, in one way or another. But treasures that we store up in Heaven will last for eternity.

Today, princess, instead of trying to impress someone with your knowledge, skill or bravery, show God that you love Him by sharing love with others. Be gentle to the harsh. Be kind to the mean people. Smile and someone who is sour. Open the door for someone. Pay it forward somewhere. Clean up someone else’s mess. Store up your treasures in Heaven, princess, because you know that one day He will purify the earth and get rid of all the treasures stored up here on earth.


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