The little boy built his castle diligently… quickly. For the time, it was an all-consuming task. His craftsmanship was honed by doing the same thing over and over again. He shaped the wall… the parapets of the castle’s tower. He struggled to get the placement just right. Adding cup of sand onto cup of sand, he erected a magnificent castle…. patted the last bit of wet sand into place…. wiped off his hands and stepped back to admire his work. Just then, the first wave came ashore, surrounding his masterpiece. Then another came. The wall cracked. The parapets began to lean. And with the swelling of two more waves, his castle of sand disappeared into the sea.
And the little boy picked up his bucket and cups… and went home.
The man built his kingdom and career diligently… never a moment wasted. For him, amassing a fortune and building his empire was all-consuming. Family didn’t matter. His health didn’t matter. All that mattered was more… more… more. He was skilled at his work, and struggled to get everything just right. Adding another business to the puzzle here and another acquisition there… he patted himself on the back for his success. And then, he stepped back… wiped off his hands… and stood with hand on hips to admire his work. Just then, the first wave came ashore. Accounts failed. The stock market shifted and corrected. Then another wave. His health failed. His heart gave way to years of neglect. Another wave came, and his family said good-bye; they too the victims of years of neglect. And with the swelling of another wave, his castle of sand also disappeared into the sea… just like the little boy’s.
For Meditation: And the Lord said, “You fool. This night your soul will be required of you. Then whose will all these things be?'” So shall it be for anyone who lays up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God. Luke 12:20-21
For Reflection: Whose kingdom are you really striving to build?