The Eiffel Tower was designed in someones home on their kitchen table. It had never been done before and there was no guarantee that it would be built or that it would work. Hundreds of experts criticized the design. Some of the critics changed their mind after the tower was built. While others remained against it. The people of France however loved it.
It is the most visited monument in the world. Millions of people visit the Eiffel Tower every year. It is a famous landmark that everyone recognizes.
The design is simple, yet memorable, and it happened because someone was willing to dream about something that had never been done.
What is the dream you have in your heart?
Have people told you it would never work?
Now it is your turn to build your Eiffel Tower.
Most days are busy. Recently, there was one that made me stop to think. It isn’t as though it was a different day. Just a typical busy day: Kids to school, busy day at the office (yes, pastors do work on days other than Sunday), errands to run, after school practices for the kids, rush home to do homework, and then realize everyone is starving – but I hadn’t been to the store and it was 6:45, so we decided to eat out. We all loaded up in the car to head to a restaurant. This was the first time I had stopped all day long. Bryan was driving so I was just enjoying sitting while Disney radio blared in the car and the kids sang along. I looked out at the horizon, and realized how beautiful the sunset was. I turned the music down to tell everyone in the car, “Isn’t the sunset beautiful tonight?” The kids agreed with my statement, and we continued the drive.
I sat there and pondered my statement. I had to ask myself, “When was the last sunset I took time to enjoy?” In thinking about it, I couldn’t recall the last time I sat down to enjoy a sunset. I could remember lots of Instagram posts of people’s pictures of sunsets recently, but none that I had personally experienced in a long time.
It wasn’t that that particular sunset was any more beautiful. It was just that I finally took time to enjoy it.
Psalms 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we might gain a heart of wisdom.”
Life has a way of sweeping us up and making us go at a pace that, honestly, we were never made to enjoy. In the meantime, sunsets are happening every night, your kids are getting bigger everyday, and life is passing you by. If you haven’t seen the beauty in your life in a while, may I ask: when is the last time you took the time to really look?
Lately, I have been making more time to enjoy sunsets. I don’t do it every night, but I do it more than I did. I hope you do too.
“Hide and go seek” is one of the most basic of children’s games. I don’t remember ever teaching my children the rules of the game; they just seem to know. It is almost as though every child is born with an innate desire to find people that are hidden in obscure locations. It is funny to watch the joy that comes over the child who is “IT” as they are looking and find their friends all around the house.
I love the passage in John 20:15. After Jesus’ death and burial, He finds Mary crying in the garden. She had just discovered that His body was missing from the tomb. He then asked Mary, “For whom are you looking, Mary?”
I love this because Jesus didn’t ask her WHAT she was looking for that led to her sadness. He asked her WHO she was looking for that led to her sadness.
Might I suggest that the sadness we experience isn’t because we don’t have the WHAT that we are desiring — the job, house, car, boyfriend etc. Rather the sadness we are experiencing in our lives often comes from the WHO that is missing in our life.