Don’t Trade Life for Temporary Things
“Deal as sparingly as possible with the things the world thrusts on you. This world as you see it is on its way out.” (1 Corinthians 7:31 MSG)
RAMBLINGS from Evan’s dad – We have enjoyed some wonderful trips to the beach. Both boys liked the water, but loved the sand. When Connor was just a toddler, he would dig in the sand for hours. Pre-Evan, Connor and Lacy were building a sand castle on the beach in Hilton Head, when the waves showed up uninvited! Soon they watched in sadness as their creation quickly lost its battle with the sea.
When Evan came along, he was enlisted to help construct the sand castles. But, Connor sometimes wanted to build them with the intentions of losing them to the waves. They had their buckets and shovels and the plastic forms that would mold the sand into walls that looked like a castle. Connor would survey the beach and then they would begin their work near the high water mark. This typically meant long treks back and forth to the water as they kept their sand at the optimal dampness. They were always successful in constructing their structure of the day, sometimes even fine tuning it with “flags” or “soldiers”. Inevitably they knew a goodbye was on the horizon. There were several times we would go out after dark to confirm the ocean’s success.
Maybe that clarity of the end that the kids accepted, is beginning to sink in with us. It is yet another life lesson, we have learned from them. I know that one day the waves of life will win their battle with me. It is not a matter of IF, simply a matter of WHEN. Kris and I have a wonderful home where we have raised the kids the past 9 years. There have been numerous parties and gatherings at this home the Lord blessed us with. We love this place, but it can be expensive to keep up. A couple of weeks ago I came home and Kris told me she wanted to downsize and simplify our life. I thought it was a great idea, and came home the next day to the smell of fresh paint.
We realize that one day the waves of life will win against us and our earthly possessions. We know this life is temporary, but the life Jesus promised to those of us who believe, is eternal. And that is where we want to focus even more of our efforts as we look at the future!…
As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)