A moment of clarity

IN all our lives there are the special moments of clarity, encounters that give meaning to our lives.

Rabbi Harold Kushner said he learned something valuable watching two children building an elaborate sand castle on the beach.

Just when they had their project almost finished, a big wave came along and knocked it down, reducing it to a heap of wet sand.

“I expected the children to burst into tears, devastated by what had happened to all their hard work,” said Kushner.

“However, they surprised me. Instead, they ran up the shore away from the water, laughing and holding hands, and sat down to build another castle.

“I realised that they had taught me an important lesson. All the things in our lives, all the complicated structures we spend so much time and energy creating, are built on sand.”

Kushner said only our relationships to other people endured. Eventually, the wave would come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up. When that happened, only the person who had somebody’s hand to hold would be able to laugh.


13 thoughts on “A moment of clarity

    • Interesting, these experiences of unexpected clarity.

      My big one happened during my mid late 40s, when I suddenly became aware to my astonishment, that I was not any sort of the Christian I had classed myself as being up till that time.

      i realized then that my actual faith was powerful enough, but strictly speaking no different, whether I was holding Christian beliefs or not. It was like a most wonderful conversion experience for me, and my mind and heart were just flooded with inspirations and uplift. I had discovered my own truth at last, and rejoiced in it, as I no more carried doubts and inhibitions of the spirit.



      • Sounds like Alistair Crowley’s famous quote:

        “Do what thou wilt, shalt be the whole of the law”.

        In other words, concepts like morality and truth are no longer absolute but subjective to the whims of fancy.

        No wonder you recently raised questions about the sacrifice of Jesus, as you no longer feel the need of Jesus.

        No wonder you felt liberated; I’m guessing that the inhibitions and doubts of the spirit that you lost were what we call the prompting of the conscience. I have noticed that many who decide to reject Christianity often feel uplifted and inspired as they rejoice in their liberty to give full rein to their sinful vices and inclinations.

        Be careful. Be very careful! If you have not done so already, you are in extreme danger of committing the sin against the Holy Spirit.


      • Actually Bryan,

        Jesus said that a man speaks what he thinks in his heart (Mat. 15:18). And proverbs 4:23 says the same.

        You cannot have faith in God without reference to Jesus as He said that “no one comes to the Father without going through Me” (john 14).

        I have the testimony of the Bible on my side, what do you have? Can you give the scriptural proof that says you can have faith in God, without reference to Christian beliefs?


      • ….Can’t believe I’m doing this……
        However, one should always read the term’s-and-conditions fine-print—> “1Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.”

        The lesson is not that we shouldn’t judge; the lesson is that we may judge if we’re prepared to be judged according to to the same standard.


      • No? Christians not to judge others?

        Paul himself wrote, “Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.” (1 Corinthians 5:3). In this verse the Apostle Paul was referencing the judgment he made regarding the sinful actions of a man who was committing adultery with his father’s wife. He did this just as we are instructed to do. We are not called simply to point the finger at the one committing the offense, but in hopes of rather pointing out the truth with the ultimate goal of bringing repentance and restoration in the person; James 5:20, “Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.”

        Judging for the sake of judging is wrong. However, when a believer sees another person sinning whether its committing adultery, homosexuality, theft etc.; Jesus did say that it is our duty as Christians to confront the person that is engaging in the sinful act; “If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector.” (Matthew 18:15-17). And this is dealing with people in the church.

        The point is Bryan, that we ALL judge. Let me prove my point. When you see a guy sitting at a corner with a cardboard sign, most people think “Homeless.” ~ Judgment. A teen girl holding a baby… “She must have gotten “Knocked-up.”~ Judgment. Here’s one for you. The elderly lady who smiles at you in the grocery story, you think “What a sweet lady.” ~ Judgment. When we make an assumption about someone, even if it’s a good one, you just passed judgment upon them.


  1. “Kushner said only our relationships to other people endured. Eventually, the wave would come along and knock down what we have worked so hard to build up. When that happened, only the person who had somebody’s hand to hold would be able to laugh.”

    The parable of the prodigal son indicates that our relationship with other people does not endure; otherwise the many friends he had (whilst he had money and could throw parties) would have saved him from going to the pigs.

    In fact the only relationship that endures is that with God.

    “23Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD” Jer. 9:23-24.


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