Perspective: Foundations – part 3 of 4 (Construction)

Posted: January 3, 2016 in Perspective
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Foundations - ConstructionUp to this point, from parts 1 & 2, we’ve learned the importance of building strong foundations in our life. But how do we do this? What are the practical ‘nuts and bolts’, pieces and parts to laying our personal foundation? First, let’s review two key points:

  1. God created us with purpose; desiring us to ‘build’ the structure of our life in accordance with the ‘calling’ He’s shaped us for. So, if God has the blueprint of our life (the structure) already drawn-up, then it would make sense that he also already has the design of the foundation ready as well. The bible states that God’s planned foundation in our life; the one to support what He desires to build upon will always start with Jesus Christ.
  2. The foundation needs to come before the structure (the successful life). The only life we are able to build is the one we create the foundations for. God has plans for us… we have dreams and goals as well, but neither will become reality if we don’t take the time to build the right foundation to support it.

The Materials: God has already provided everything we need; the opportunities to build the right foundations.

For as you know him better, he will give you, through his great power, everything you need for living a truly good life’ – 2 Peter 1:3

Forms: Consider the construction of a foundation in preparation for a home build. The blueprint is followed in creating the forms. These forms, by design, create the shape of the foundation; the boundaries for the wet concrete to flow when poured and provide the general shape of the home. In our own lives, the bible is like our foundational ‘forms’.

‘Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path’ – Psalms 119:105

Concrete: The concrete, when poured into the forms, is initially wet and fluid so it has the ability to fill every place and be properly leveled before it hardens. Once it hardens, the concrete becomes the solid, immovable surface the home will be built upon. This ‘concrete’ is like Jesus in our lives. Without Him, there is no substance to our foundation… it is void and without the foundation, nothing of lasting importance will stand the test of time.

‘For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men…’ – Acts 5:38-39

Rebar: There is one more easily over-looked piece to the foundation – the Reinforcing Bar (aka Rebar). The use of rebar in concrete is not necessarily a ‘must’; however, hardened concrete with no rebar is much weaker that concrete that has rebar. Rebar/rebar mesh is placed in the form void prior to pouring the concrete. It is used to strengthen the concrete, especially if the planned structure to be built on it will be particularly large, tall or heavy. The rebar helps to provide structural integrity and support to compensate for the variety of ‘negative’ forces that the concrete will be under when subjected to structural stresses.

Yes, concrete without rebar is ‘cheaper’ and quicker to construct but probably isn’t a good long-term solution for constructing a building upon that is intended to last a long time.

‘Rebar’ in our own lives are the habits and disciplines we intentionally ‘weave’ into our daily living – those things that develop and strengthen our integrity, humility, attitude, honesty and character. Yes, we could leave those out as we are building our foundation, but guaranteed, not taking the time and effort to make those an important part of the foundation process will significantly hinder, limit or even ruin what we would have otherwise been able to construct for our lives.

Some examples of ‘rebar’ include: consistent biblical ‘feeding’ (ie. Consistent  reading, church participation), praying, worshiping, serving others, exercise, healthy eating, intentional learning, vacations/down-time, hobbies, etc.

Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.’ – Philippians 4:8 (LB)

Let’s intentionally build our foundations for life and… Build them right… Build them strong… Build them to last.

‘Command those who are rich in the things of this life not to be proud, but to place their hope, not in such an uncertain thing as riches, but in God, who generously gives us everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share with others. In this way they will store up for themselves a treasure which will be a solid foundation for the future. And then they will be able to win the life which is true life.’ – 1 Timothy 6:17-19

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