• The Bald Believer

A Little Girl and Her Seashells

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

A devotional thought from 2 John 8



Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 2 John 8



I watched a precious little girl gathering seashells on the beach. Every single shell seemed to her to be a precious treasure. I was distracted from my beach reading (my favorite hobby) because she would lift each shell with her free hand and then call out to her mother to look.


“Look at this one momma”, and “oh, this one is pretty momma”, she said with an occasional, “oh, this is my favorite one” mingled in the mix.


Those tiny chubby fingers had all that they could hold and then the fun began. She would bend over to pick up another shell and with every attempt, she would lose some from her precious collection.

She would gather one and drop three.


She was so frustrated and was trying so hard that I have to confess, I couldn’t keep from laughing at her plight.


It was so cute.



I can’t help but wonder if we are in danger of doing something like this little cutie, gathering precious treasures but losing them in a futile attempt for something more.


Oh, how often I have been witness as men and women let great things slip away because they were not careful to maintain what they had gathered!


Please dear reader, be careful not to lose what you have gathered as you grab for more, don’t let all that you have wrought be for naught!


There is a good chance that you are reaching out for things you may not even really need.


There are so many applications to this principle but of course, John was talking about our spiritual rewards. He is warning us that is possible to throw away a lifetime of work for a few moments of sinful pleasure.


That little girl on the beach was only losing seashells but we have the potential of losing so much more.


Scripture Readings for 11/9/20

Eccles 1:1–5

Ps 119:153–160

Jer 43:1–6

John 7:40–52

2 John

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