When I was little, I was briefly mesmorized by cotton candy. It looked so alluring, fluffy and it seemed to have an ethereal and tasty substance. I remember the first time that I tried it – I was totally disappointed. When the sugar rapidly evaporated as I put it in my mouth, I remember trying to find the substance of that big frothy and fluffy cotton ball only to be disappointed by its disappearance and I thought, “What a rip off!” It left a sweet taste in my mouth but no substance.
Anything we pursue that is not ultimately God will be like my cotton candy experience – tantalizing, alluring, fluffy and seemingly substantial, but ultimately empty, vacuous, disappointing, void and vain. I like what CS Lewis said: Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.” Let’s be mindful of our pursuits, watching how we spend our time, energy and money 🙂