I was talking with a friend on the phone in Atlanta, Georgia this morning and she said that when their sons were growing up they took an annual vacation to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. What a great beach!
Our family also has a favorite vacation spot … Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. For several years my wife and I have selected a condo and then take our daughters, son-in-law, and grandchildren to enjoy a fun-filled, sun-drenched week on the beach!
When our daughters were younger, and now with our grandchildren, one of the exciting things to do at the beach is to build a sand castle. Our grandchildren will sit for hours, digging and smoothing, shoveling and patting; making a nice wide moat and then filling it with water from the ocean with their buckets. But, inevitably, their frustration rises as the tide rises. The waves creep closer and closer until the foam begins to lick the edges of their castle, and finally … a strong wave finally moves in and it is all washed away. Now, our daughters and son-in-law realize that the sand castles are not permanent … but our grandchildren don’t quite grasp that reality yet.
Unfortunately, I’ve witnessed too many people at the end of their lives feeling the same way. They work non-stop, ever busy with a hectic, over-booked schedule. Then eventually their bodies force them to slow down and take a look at what they’ve struggled so hard to construct. The harsh reality they often face is that much of what they strove for won’t last. After they die, it will wash away like a sand castle at high tide.
Here’s the reality … you and I will be forgotten one day. Only what we do for God, how we fulfill the purpose for which He made us, will remain.
Are you busy, busy, busy building sand castles?
Why not put down the bucket and shovel and begin to focus on what can’t be washed away!!
Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.