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rockfoundationYesterday the Department of Transportation closed a major highway coming into our community.  The reason that they had to close the highway was because the road was falling apart due to unstable soil below it.  This road underwent a major reconstruction and paving last year and earlier this summer they were working on a section to stabilize the hillside on one side.  That section is now the area that is crumbling so the road has been closed.   This new reality prompted a conversation this morning regarding why this issue was not apparent when the reconstruction was done a year ago.  What has become clear is that there is not a correct foundation for this road at this time and it has become unsafe.

As I pondered these events, I was drawn to consider the importance of the foundation of my life.  Without a solid foundation, life can be much like the road mentioned above.  Life can begin to crumble, fall apart, and become unsafe.  As a person of faith, I was reminded of the following passage:

“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, NIV)

Jesus is speaking of the importance of the foundation upon which to build our lives.  Here Jesus is referring to his teaching as the foundation we should have in our lives.

I think that in addition to Jesus’ teaching, there are some important pieces which need to be included in  the foundation of our lives.  Jesus’ teachings undergirds all of the foundation but we can add relationships, personal care, our faith and community involvement.  We need to make sure that we have a solid foundation so that we can withstand the storms of life and not crumble under pressure.

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