Building Sandcastles in 2010

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
sandcastle1.jpgAs I age, time becomes swifter and less manageable, like sand at high tide. I try to grasp it, only to see it flow past my fumbling hands.
The sandcastle I envision cannot take shape because watery fingers tear at its walls and my creation crumbles before me, leaving me feeling helpless, struggling to regain some semblance of control.
The year in our hands is slipping away like that sandcastle and 2009 is soon to be no more. A fresh new child named 2010 is forming and testing its steps for its first day of work. For 365 days, it will carry all of us while we run, fall, laugh and cry.
The realization that time can be simultaneously elusive and ubiquitous is proof that we are a part of something much larger than we are (Hebrews 13:5).
The year 2009 was a year of illness for me. Two surgeries and the accompanying pain and discomfort cemented feelings of mortality and dependence on God. I am a helpless creature beset by weakness. Yet, my spirit lifts as I realize God stands there as a beacon of hope and forgiveness.
He offers me an abundant life here (John 10:10) and an eternal one in heaven (Revelation 21:1-7). He and his Word are unconquerable and unchangeable (Hebrews 13:8). Scripture is an endless well of wisdom and blessings that satisfy our thirsts (John 4:14). I must drink deeper from the well in the coming year.
Writing is a blessing from God that enriches my life. I write because it screams from my soul. I don’t have a choice. The words must find a voice. I must grow as a writer in 2010, so my words can find greater value in the hearts of my readers. I am deeply appreciative of their time and kind words.
I must restart writing projects that have been languishing in my mind. They need a new home on paper, so they can take shape and grow and breathe.
My preaching needs to prosper and new subjects and texts need to be examined. Preaching to a military congregation is a blessing. Yet, it presents extraordinary challenges. I must do a better job in ministering to the people around me.
My family needs a better example, as well. My leadership must be more attentive and careful. The women in my life are treasures and I must be a better man of God for them and shower them with love, even more than they already are.
I must construct a better sandcastle in 2010. It must be resilient enough to withstand the ravages of time and the attacks of Satan. Likewise, it must resist the pounding waves of doubt and disappointment. With Christ, I can do it.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). There is nowhere else to go or hope on which to cling. I am nothing without him (John 6:68).

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