The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and costly tombs ever built and there’s a legend that surrounds it. When the favourite wife of Indian ruler Shah Jahan died, he ordered it to be built as a memorial to her. He placed her coffin in the middle of a parcel of land, and construction literally began around it.
But several years into the venture, his grief for his wife gave way to his passion for the project. One day while he was surveying the site, he reportedly stumbled over a wooden box and had it thrown out. It was months before he realized it was his wife’s coffin. The original purpose for the memorial got lost in the details of construction!
There’s a lesson here: it’s called ‘misplaced values’. If you’re a husband and a father, your wife and children probably appreciate the things you work to provide. Likewise, if you’re single, your parents and siblings also appreciate the things that you do for them.
But do you know what they really want?
You! Your time. Your attention. Your affection!
J. Paul Getty was one of the world’s richest men, yet he failed miserably with his own family. He wrote: ‘I’ve never been given to envy, save for the envy I feel toward those people who have the ability to make a marriage work and endure happily. It’s an art I’ve never been able to master.’ So in your quest to build your Taj Mahal, try to remember the purpose for which you are building it.
‘Let the husband render to his wife the affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.’
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 John 2:25; John 17:3; 1 John 3:16; 4:7, 9; 3:2-3
This is the promise he made to us – eternal life!
This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, & Jesus Christ whom you have sent!
By this we know love that He laid down His life for us, & we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers!
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, & whoever loves has been born of God & knows God!
God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him!
Beloved, we are God’s children now!
When He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is!
And everyone who thus hopes in Him, purifies himself as He is pure!
Let us love as He has loved us! He has promised, believe!