I remember when my wife and I decided to get away for a few days so we went to the beach.

I remember when my wife and I decided to get away for a few days so we went to the beach. One day while we were walking along the beach and watching the waves we noticed some people that were very busy. They weren’t swimming or sunbathing like many others and they paid little or no attention to who or what was going on around them.

They were busy building sandcastles in the wet sand. Some of the structures were fairly small and intricate while others were big and very elaborate. We walked on down the beach and later as we were walking back I noticed that almost all of the sandcastles had been destroyed by the waves and the high tide. Some of the builders were frantically trying to construct a sand wall to protect their work, but to no avail.

That scene reminded me of a problem we can face in life especially in our culture. It is the striving after wealth, (Matthew 6:19-21, Luke 18:25). There is nothing wrong in having nice things but if it is all we think of and do not put God in the picture or in our lives, it will all be in vain, (1 Timothy 6:7-10). Just as the ocean wiped everything away in a short time, (Luke 12:19-21) so it will be for those who just strive for nothing but wealth, (Matthew 6:33, Mark 10:25, Proverbs 11:4). See you in church next Sunday. Brother J