Yes, “You Built It” . . . But Who Did You Build It For?

Well, it’s apparent after last week’s Republican National Convention
that the world (at least the world of red, white and blue) obviously admires individual success stories, especially in business.  The pulling-yourself-up-by-the-boot-straps-started-from-nothing-look-where-I-am-now-I-built-it-with-no-help-from-anybody kind of person.  The entrepreneur.  The successful businesswoman.  The self-made man.

There’s only one problem with that.

I think, after everything is said and done: If that’s truly what you’re proud of . . . your aim was too low.

Your focus is squarely on your own accomplishments.  Your own successes.  So basically . . . what YOU did.

Yay, you!

I only have one question.

~Now what?

Actually I have several questions . . .

~Are you happy?
~At peace?
~At a plateau of accomplishment where you can finally look around and go, “Wow, look at this view. I think I’ll stay rriiiiiiiigghhttt here!”?
~In other words, is it enough?

. . . I didn’t think so.  So again I ask, now what?

Maybe after all the accomplishments, after all the success, after the pulling-up-of-the-boot-straps-now-I’ve-got-something-rather-than-nothing-looky-what-I-built shiny newness has worn off, it isn’t about YOU after all.  There’s only gonna be one way to find fulfillment.  To find contentment regardless of circumstances and peace in any and all that life will throw at you.  And it’s not in the businesses you’ve built; The wealth you’ve accumulated; The president you vote for; The slogans you chant; In fact, it’s not in anything you can do.


I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s already been done for you.  And, it’s freely given.  To anyone.  By a higher authority. (And I know you have issues with that but there it is.)

And its only at the foot of the place He did it that you’re going to find it as well.

Please, by all means, be as successful as you can be.  Put your nose to the grindstone.  Grab those boot straps.  And yes, you can say “I built it”.  But remember, even that . . . thing . . . you built isn’t for you.  It’s for Someone else.  (And I know you may have issues with that as well.)  It’s for Him.  For His ultimate glory, not yours.  It’s so you can show Him to the world through whatever success (or failure) you might obtain.

And, all that respect, acknowledgment and recognition you want for the “it” you built?  You’re gonna need to pass it on to the one who truly deserves it.

After all, you may have built it.

But He built it first.

Matthew 20:28
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Matthew 13:44-46
44 “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field.
45 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for choice pearls. 46 When he discovered a pearl of great value, he sold everything he owned and bought it!

2 thoughts on “Yes, “You Built It” . . . But Who Did You Build It For?”

  1. I love your comments here!!! It reminds me of this scripture: “Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support;… let all they doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord… let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.”

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