Last fall I was running on a country road in the middle of Kansas and was stopped dead in my tracks with this scene. Instantly thoughts flooded through my mind. One day I suppose a man came home from work and said to his wife, “Honey, the house is ready. The place you dreamed of is complete. It has plenty of room, there is an upstairs like you wanted and wait until you see the rock I found with which to build it. This house is what we’ve been working so hard to get! We are going to be so happy in this place.” Today, this is that same house.
This is where most of what we invest in on this earth ends up someday. If we buy the nicest car with the best warranty; someday, unless extreme care is taken, it will be in a junk pile. The greatest house money can buy will one day no longer be the greatest house. Have you ever acquired the “latest” technology? Is it still the latest? How soon did the Apple iPhone need to be upgraded to be the “latest”? In the end, the things in the material world just don’t last.
What’s the moral here? Well, Jesus said it best. (Matthew 6:19-21) “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be. “
Someone’s dream house sitting abandoned 100 years later was a good reminder to me to make sure I’m investing my life into things that outlast time.
Here’s a great evaluation question: Are the places where you are investing the best part of your life in the areas you most want to grow and build something that lasts?