I was thinking about the little things in life. Sometimes letting go is so difficult, letting go of small things that we think ties us to a specific identity. However, as good as they may seem these very things could very well keep us from our destiny, experiencing everything that was meant for us to experience. I was thinking about an article I read in regards to a man who built a castle. Yes, he built it with his own two hands. He brought in stone from the river and when that was exhausted he made his own brick with milk cartons and cement. He spent 50 years building this castle. As noble as this may sound, there is something about this story that just did not sit well with me. He spent over half of his life building a castle but the man died alone. The castle today is a dry, cold, empty monument for people to pass through.
I can not help to think about the time and energy we put into man made castles. The things we perceive to bring us contentment and stability, sometimes are the very things that hold us back from moving forward. We can work our fingers to the bone, we can spend all day and night surmising how to reach our goals and one day, at the end of our life, live in a cold, dark castle alone, never reaching our true calling and leaving a cold, dry, empty shell to the next generation to walk through.
Territorialism keeps us holding on to the little stones. Yes, eventually if you keep pulling the little stones out, stacking them on top of each other, you will build something but what for? There is a season for everything. God brings you to a place to mold you and teach you but not hold you hostage there. We hold ourselves hostage because we tie up our identity in those things rather than in God. We become dependent on the false stability and identity that is there for just a short time. If we never move, we never grow. Fear is a liar and the fear of letting go of the little stones, the little dreams, the little pats on the back; the momentary self fulfillment is a destiny thief. Oh, are the little stones important, they sure are but they are not your entire future…they are the foundation of your future. The foundation God uses to build upon but they are not the end, they are just the beginning. Do not use up the beautiful stones and when the river runs dry continue building with your own brick, your handmade brick, spending half your life working for no real cause? As noble as it seems to build a castle on your own, if God is not in it, you will be a dry, empty, exhausted, cold house of clay…where once dreams and destinies flowed through but you couldn’t let go of your own preconceived, territorial notions to grow into the vibrant, thriving work that leaves a legacy for other’s to thrive in not just walk through feeling empty.
The old man may have found great security in the big castle he built with his own hands; however his death was a result of intruders mixed with his own paranoia. There is truly no stability in a man-made castle, nor is there protection. Do not leave a monument for spectators, leave a school that enlightens, brightens and teaches students.
“We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better.”
― C. JoyBell C.