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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
- TITLE: Build for Eternity
By Lois Farrow
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“I’ve put my heart and soul into my business for the past twenty years and now we’re bust. It’s not only the effect on Rebecca and the kids that bothers me, but the others too. Ten staff I have to let go, and that affects their families too.”
Tim felt the heaviness in the air as they sat in silence and thought of the consequences. They both knew that Nick had made mistakes along the way, but this was not the time for condemnation. He had done a lot of good things too, and this disaster had come unexpectedly and was not of his own making. The business had to close and it was not easy for anyone.
“What will I do next?” Nick wondered aloud, not expecting an answer. “I have to earn to support the family, Rebecca’s wage won’t be enough.”
Tim turned his coffee cup around while he silently prayed for wisdom.
“Do you remember when you were small?” he said at last. “We went every year to the beach at Camp Cove.”
“Of course I remember.” Nick smiled as memories came rushing back.
“What did you spend most of your time doing?”
“Building sand castles. I forgot about going into the water, I just loved moulding the sand into fun shapes.”
“You made the most amazing creations,” agreed his father. “I’ve still got photos of most of them.”
“I remember one like a fortress with the wall right around it. I found all these pieces of drift wood and lined them up to make a wall the enemy couldn’t pass, even though there was no enemy.”
His father laughed. “I remember that one too, it was a beauty.”
“So, what does that have to do with now?”
“What happened to them?” Tim asked.
Nick looked at his father. “They disappeared when the tide came in, of course.”
“Exactly! And what did you do then?”
“Built more when the tide was right again.”
“I was reminded of them while I thought about your current situation.”
Nick waited, he knew his father well enough to know he would continue when he was ready.
“Most things in this life are transitory, they get knocked down by the storms of life, or eroded by the tides of time. But we build again. And we put our real energies into things that last for eternity, like our families, like God and his word, like the people in our communities who God would like to see in his kingdom. You’ve lost your business, and that is a serious blow, but it had lasted twenty years, and that was significant. The way you handle this difficult time is building character in you, and that is never wasted, it counts for eternity. You will build again, and although you don’t know what yet, there will be something for you. We will join you in praying that God will guide you into the right place.”
They sipped their coffees while thinking over Tim’s words.
“Another thing,” Tim said after a while. “I remember how your Granddad loved watching you build those sand castles. He said you had perseverance and could bounce back from anything. He said it would be a trait that would stand you in good stead through life.”
Nick smiled. “Well, I don’t feel very bouncy right now,” he said. “But I appreciate your support and Grandad’s words. It’s huge having family behind you. People who have known you all your life and still support you in spite of everything.”
Tim grinned. “I agree,” he said. “And don’t forget your Heavenly Father too who knew you before you were born. You are part of his family too. ”
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