Thinking about building, or re-building, or restoration, or establishment that lasts.
My understanding is that foundations matter. Whether the need is deep into the sea-bed or a broad base; whether a firm concrete floor or well spaced stumps, bearers and joists; whether a corner stone or paver to ensure straight alignment. It wouldn’t matter the quality of the work or materials added, if the foundation is not aligned correctly, broad enough, deep enough, strong enough or of appropriate material.
So, what are my foundations? Are they quality material for building a life on? Are my foundations deep and broad to hold me when storms pass my way? Have I allowed the progression of the establishment of well-spaced/timed stages? Do I have a sure and straight corner stone to measure all other building against? Where do I look to find my foundations? On the soles of my feet, the ground I walk on, the chair where I sit…?
Have I ever considered my inner self? What has formed me to be me, and were those things true and strong for adding on to?
Certainly the parenting I experienced, the school or home education I sat under, the nature of my relationships, things done and said to me, things I did and said to others, world events, local community events, spiritual dimensions of the lives around me, my physical nourishment or lack-there-of. I’m sure if you sit long and quietly enough, you too could discover what your foundations to the life you live now have been.
Do you find a ‘cornerstone’ there? Something of absolute truth, firm and established? Perhaps your only foundations have been ‘hazy’ at best, unstable, not certain? No matter our age, we can look for the thing that is sure, true, straight and of substance worthy of building onto. This is the foundation that will hold all else we build up so that the beauty of our building is seen, and lasts, and weather’s the storms, and glories in the light.
If your foundations were shaky, start again! The memory of the unstable will serve as a guide for what to steer clear of this time; and a message of guidance for others building around you – never wasted, but better replaced with the stable. Have a go, I know you can!!
For those interested, I learned much about re-building from Ezra and Nehemiah.