Our family has spent time on the Gulf Coast of Florida this week. It’s been a wonderful experience- filled with sunshine, warm temperatures and relaxing activities on the beach.
One of the most amazing sights has been the creativity of our fellow beach visitors. We’ve seen amazing sand sculptures. Castles, sharks, mermaids, elaborate starfish…even complete cities made out of beach sand. The time and effort placed into this beach art was phenomenal.
It was equally disappointing for our boys, however, to see the sand artwork gone each morning. Impressive and beautiful projects were simply washed away by the tide overnight.
And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. Matthew 7:26
As beautiful and ascetically pleasing as the beach can be, sand structures are no match against wind and water. They are fragile and delicate against the forces of nature.
Aren’t many of our own earthly pursuits similar to the sand structure? If I could just drive that new truck….if I could achieve that promotion at work…if I could just live in that neighborhood…if I could just get my kids into that school.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. Colossians 3:2
These pursuits are made of sand. They quickly wither and evaporate. They are temporary. I need to focus instead on the pursuit of character. In the book of Galatians, Paul wrote of another set of traits that we should consider:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
I have to concentrate on those traits that develop Christian character. Traits that will help me prevail against difficult times.
Let’s commit to two tasks this week. First, let’s read and meditate on Galatians 5. Second, please pray for for us to recognize and commit to developing traits with eternal value. We should do this for one another.
God bless you. Let me know if I can pray for you.