A Little Girl and Her Seashells
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 as she quickly filled her small hands with shells. Every single shell seemed to her to be a precious treasure. I was distracted from my beach reading (my favorite hobby) enough to notice her because she would lift each shell up with her free hand and then call out to her mother to look. She said, “look at this one momma”, “oh, this one is pretty momma”, and an occasional, “oh, this is my favorite one momma” mingled in. Those tiny chubby fingers had all that they could hold and that is when the fun began. She would bend over to pick up another and with every attempt she would lose some shells from her collection. She would get one and drop three. She was so frustrated and was trying so hard that I have to confess, I couldn’t keep back 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, of gathering precious treasures but losing them in a futile attempt for something more. Oh, how often I have seen men and women let great things slip away because they were not careful to maintain what they had gathered. Please be careful to not lose what you have as you reach for more that you may not really need. Don’t let your past efforts be for nought. 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.