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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What A Waste

A recent visit to Hearst Castle was a bit over whelming.  After a hour or two of walking, climbing stairs, viewing room after room of furniture and listening to stories after stories, we came to one conclusion...."what a waste"!   Before anyone gets up in the air at our conclusion let me explain.  My husband and I did not hear one things or see one thing that would further the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We were reminded of the scripture that says,  For what does it profited a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul, Matthew 16:26

I have no idea where Mr. Hearst is at this moment , heaven or hell but I know one thing for sure he took none of what he build for himself with him.   Nothing we have read or heard about him indicates he ever believed in the gospel somewhere in his life.

Mr. Hearst was  rich and had gather so much stuff to himself that he had no idea what he even had in his castle.  There is a story that he sent his trusted friend to buy a certain painting. This man looked all over the world for that one painting.  He returned to Mr. Hearst and told him first the good news, he had found the painting. The bad news was it had been in the basement of the castle all along and Mr. Hearst did not even know it. 

Have you ever laid up an expensive treasure and forgot you had it?  I know I haven't.

It comforts my heart to know anything I use for His glory and furtherance of the gospel will meet me in heaven, including the most expensive treasure on this earth and in heaven, the souls that have been won through our years of ministry. 
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt. 6:19, 21

It was beautiful though on top of the mountain over looking the great expand of land Mr. Hearst owned and the ocean below.   God's earth is always more beautiful then anything man can build.  Seems Mr. Hearst tried to have heaven here on earth, but it was decaying and rotting daily which was why  there are people there constantly working to keep it up.  The treasures we sent to heaven will never rot and decay.

I was glad our trip  took us through Yosemite Park in which I found beauty beyond anything man can build.  Those majestic mountains that God spoke into being, the forest surrounding the mountains, the streams of water, all there to not only awe us but to produce life giving oxygen to help us breath, water to nourish our bodies.  Below is the place I could have moved to for the rest of my life here on earth.  The park services can keep Mr. Hearst castle with it's ever ending upkeep.  Give me God's creation with out the touch of man's hand to mar it's beauty.
C.S. Lewis says, aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.