Why cry

    Now before you call me insensitive, I understand that there are things that we have an emotional connection with that we will physically shed tears for. Absolutely. Whether that’s a family member passing, loosing friendships, or the begging 15 minutes of the movie “UP” there are going to be things that pull at your emotions and are completely understandable. When the waves of life come to knock over sandcastle type of situations what will crying really accomplish? The little boy was excited about his sand castle and a wave knocked it down. The little boy simple cried due to a lack of proper perspective. The child has absolutely zero understanding how insignificant his sandcastle will play a part for the rest of his life. If you are in High School listen carefully. There are things that are castles today will reveal themselves as sandcastles tomorrow. If it doesn’t matter in 5 years, then it doesn’t really matter. The second thing he did not realize is that sand castles are temporary. There is no long term expectation from a sandcastle. The same with many of our possessions or relationships. We must realize they were merely sandcastles. They were put into our life for a period of time for us to either get enjoyment from or to learn how to build from, but they never were created for long term use. Laid off from work? Did a friendship end? Did a relationship end? It could be a flat tire, temporary frustration, just an overall bad day? Why cry over sandcastles. You learned a skill, a craft, experience and understanding. You now know what you want or don’t want. You may have simply learned how to have faith and patience. But whatever it is you took from that situation you are crying about, understand that….It was only a sandcastle, and nothing more. The third and final thing to understand about a sandcastle is God also gets rid of the sandcastles because he has something better in store for you. You and I can easily look at the story and understand that the boy would eventually have to move on from the sandcastle and upgrade at different stages in his life. Maybe from Legos, to forts, to tree houses, to apartments, and then eventually into a home. The same works for you and I, but we have to be aware of what is happening. Understand that a wave knocked down this tree house so I can dust the dirt off myself and find some Legos. You will have to leave the things in your life that are unstable and easily destroyed and move on to things and people you can build with. That may mean a job with opportunity to grow, relationships that are fulfilling, friendships that make you grow, or activities that make you strive for greatness. All of which should be building your relationship with God. Realize when the tide rises on things that are the sandcastles of today, realize God has something greater in store if your just patient and faithful in the mean time.