Wednesday, August 21, 2013

In children's church, we had a contest as to who could build the tallest tower of blocks, boys vs girls of course.  Girls rule, boys drool.  Then we played WAR!  Each side could throw balls at the other's tower while they kept rebuilding at the same time trying to protect their own towers until the time was up.  Once again, girls won.  Isn't that how a mom feels sometimes?  Everything she is doing is getting torn down faster than she can build it up.  Don't quit!

"Suppose one of you wants to build  a tower .  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?  For if he lays the foundation and is not able to complete it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'"  Luke 13:28-30.  Count the cost.  What do people say about our Christian lives?  Are we finishing well?  It is sad if we are a whole lot of big talk without much to show for it.  We will be ridiculed and scorned.

There was an unfinished boat for years and years docked next to one of the most beautiful ocean front golf courses in the world near where we lived.  That cement boat was a big, ugly eyesore.  What were they thinking?  Some say they ran out of money.  Others said, such a heavy boat could never float out on the open water.  It had been someone's dream that died.  It became the town joke.  It would have been funnier if it hadn't been so ugly.  Decades later, some one said it had finally been finished.  I don't know since I don't live there anymore. I'm glad Noah finished his ark.  He was ridiculed for building it, but he would have been ridiculed more if he quit.  None would have been saved.


The parable goes on to say, "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king.  Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?  If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.  In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has CANNOT be my disciple." Luke 13:31-33.  The soldier who goes to battle and decides it is too risky, too costly, too hard and quits is called a coward, a deserter and will one day stand before a firing squad.  Count the cost.  Yes, we can pick our battles.  Not every cause is life or death.  Sometimes we can make peace.

"Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?"
Abraham Lincoln


Yet we can't forget, it is a war out there; but  we know who wins this war.  Even if you don't win every battle, though you may be wounded, don't quit!  Sometimes it is sad to look around at the battle rally we call church and see who is missing, those who ran in the heat of the battle to the other side.  Get back up to fight another day.  Finish well. Onward Christian Soldier!

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