Seashell Gospel


What do a 4 year old and a broken seashell have to do with the God and us? Have you ever wondered? Honestly, I hadn’t either until a stroll along the North Carolina coast. While walking the beach in Oak Island, NC with my wife and son I was taken aback by the lesson my son taught me about God’s love.


For the Christ-follower that has been walking a close walk with God for a long time this may not be anything new to you. But for so many of us it is hard to realize how much God truly does love us.


In the picture you see a seashell. It is broken, dull colored, and quite frankly, it’s just ugly. When my little boy picked it up and asked me to hold it, I questioned him. I said, “Why, this thing is broken? Why don’t we throw back?” His answer was, “I want it. I like it.” He did not want to throw it away. So I held on to it for him.


Then I went into a brief theological discussion with my little boy. I explained that just like he wanted to keep the broken shell because he liked it, God wants to keep us when we are broken. I explained how when we do bad things, called sin, we are broken. And I reiterated to him that even though we are broken because of sin, God still love us. God doesn’t choose us because we are lovely. When we had done nothing worthy of His love, He chose us and sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us (Romans 5:8).


Thinking of my son and his little seashell, I came up with this: But Corbin demonstrated his love towards a seashell, in that while it was ugly and broken, he picked it up for his collection.


Do you know someone who is in need of Christ’s love? Do you know someone that has a constant ugly attitude and outlook on life? Perhaps they need you to pick them off the proverbial sand, put them in your bucket, and show them what love can do.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    cindy walker (Tuesday, 15 July 2014 22:02)

    That was beautiful. Chris, you have grown and changed so much since I first met you at Cracker Barrel. God is doing such great things through you. Miss and love you and Alesha. Continue to follow the path you are on.

  • #2

    Chris Shumate (Wednesday, 16 July 2014 07:10)

    Cindy - Thank you so much for commenting. I appreciate your kind words. It is amazing at what God can do with a willing heart. I don't throw trays anymore when I get aggravated :)

  • #3

    TracyBrown (Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:34)

    I am so proud of the man you have become. .

  • #4

    David Drake (Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:54)

    The truths of God are so simple that even a child can see them. Thanks for the profound truth presented here.
    God Bless your work.

  • #5

    Chris Shumate (Friday, 22 August 2014 04:45)

    Thank you, David Drake, for reading. Jesus told the disciples in Matthew 18 that people must be converted and become like a little child. God's truths are so profound, and easily understood by a child. As we age it is hard to remember that. I think because we get tainted by the world and our hearts become hardened.

  • #6

    Terry and Christine (Friday, 22 August 2014 16:59)

    Awesome and we try to make it so complicated with big religious words when the Gospel is just that simple! Christine