Day 11

Foundation, foundation, foundation.
In real estate, location, location, location is what keeps a property in good standing no matter the economic climate.
In life, it’s foundation.
If you have a good foundation, you can weather any storm of life.

Jesus said it like this:

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
— Matthew 7:24–27

He said this as he was wrapping up a sermon about a variety of important topics. He finished by reminding his listeners that a foundation would be built through the wisdom of acting on what he had shared. Anybody can hear. Wise people will act on the truths they hear.

His listeners all knew that sand was not a sturdy choice for building, because it wouldn’t hold when a little wind and rain showed up. Rock was a much better choice. This was not a hard concept. Nobody was blown away by the building lesson in the illustration. Nobody argued that rock was not as good as sand. That was obvious. And yet, to save time, maybe to save money, maybe for the desired views, people still chose not to build on the rock. Just because it’s true doesn’t mean it’s what we’ll do.

We are the same way, right? We have likely all heard that _____________________ won’t make us happy. Fill that in: money, success, accomplishments, dating, sex, cars, houses, notoriety, fame, winning, proving ourselves, etc.

And yet we kind of think they might, right?

We know not to stake our joy, our happiness, or our lives on things that can be taken away. Still, we have all thought that we would finally be at peace when our bank accounts got to a certain number.

We have all imagined that as soon as we meet our Mr. or Mrs. Right, we will finally be content. We allow our happiness, our contentment, our joy to be tied to something that has no foundational staying power. We rely on things that won’t last to give us lasting joy.

The winds are coming. The rain is going to fall. Don’t let your life fall with it. Choose today to discover the words and wisdom of Jesus and to put them into practice. Doing so will develop the foundation you need to face the inevitable storms that will beat against your life. 

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