Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Building Castles in the Sand

 Living in the middle of the country, I don't get many opportunities to go to the beach, but I do have access to a sand box.  And one of my favorite things to do in the sand is to make sandcastles, or mounds of bucket-shaped sand. (smiles) 

Have you seen some the elaborate structures built out of sand?  I'm amazed at these creations.  But I also have to wonder why someone would spend all that time working on something that will be destroyed as soon as the tide comes in. 

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
Luke 12:22-23 NIV

Do you ever find yourself worrying about things like food, clothing, health, bills, etc?  These things can seem so big, so important to us, so we think about them, stress over them, worry about them.  But does worrying change anything about our circumstances?  No!  In some cases it can even make things worse.  I love what Jesus says in these verses
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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  Luke 12:25-26 NIV

Did you catch that?  Jesus said adding a single hour to your life is a very little thing.  If adding an hour to our life is a very little thing in God's eyes, how must He view food, clothing, and shelter?  He knows that we need them and promises that if we seek Him first, these things will be given to us as well (vs. 31)

Everything we strive so hard to accomplish or gain here on earth - those things we worry about and allow to steal our joy - will one day be washed away, like sandcastles on the beach.

Jesus said, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven."  Matthew 6:19,20

Are you building castles in the sand or storing up treasures in Heaven?

Many blessings,

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10 comments:

  1. Amen Lisa! I think God placed this on your heart for me today...

    In the end, all of those worldly concerns we allow to trouble us and steal our joy don't matter in the least. We instead need to be storing our treasures the one place they're truly safe... In HIS Kingdom!

    Great post my friend!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  2. I have been known to build castles in the sand in the way of worry, fear, doubt. I need and want to store up treasures in Heaven. Great encouragement.

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  3. It's so easy to worry and yet does nothing for you except to make you sick. Why do we do it?! As I grow older I think I am relying on Him more and more. My desire is to store up my treasures in Heaven. This was a wonderful reminder to all of us, Thank you!
    Blessings~
    Kris

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  4. Wonderul reminder that Jesus is all we need and if we seek HIM 1st, HE will supply everything else.

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  5. Great reminder of His faithfulness. He will always provide for His children. Great post!

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  6. I appreciate your conviction here, Lisa. And your words and images remind me of those verses about not building a house on a foundation of sand, but on the Rock himself.

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  7. Lisa,

    You wrote this at the perfect time. Last week I took my car in for a simple oil change and walked out with an estimate for $900 worth of repairs, with the warning that I needed to get the repairs done ASAP, well I don't have $900 and I have have been a nervous nellie ever sinec wondering how I was going to pay for this. This post really spoke to me, don't worry it is not going to do me any good.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

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  8. Such true and timely words. Blessings to you!

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  9. Great way to get our minds focused on eternity. Although I have to admit, now I keep seeing you in a sandbox outside your house!! And I laugh out loud!

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  10. Wow! I think that many times I build castles in the sand but I am striving more and more everyday to store up treasures in Heaven! That is my goal.
    God bless...Chelle

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