This past week, I heard the same Scripture preached in almost identical ways (Matthew 7:24-27). Basically, both preachers made two points clear. 1st: Building a house on sand is a quick fix with a short lifespan. 2nd: Regardless of whether you build on sand or solid ground storms in life are unavoidable. –Darn!
Well, in this Scripture the house that should be built on solid ground and not sinking sand is actually a metaphor for a LIFE. One’s life should be built in such a way that when the crazy storms of life come, which they will, that life wouldn’t fall under pressure.
When I reflect on my younger years, I had no clue how to build a life and what kind of tools to use, and I surely didn’t know that my unique, one of a kind life was actually a gift that should be protected and preserved. I’m not sure about you, but I didn’t have the best guidance in the crucial phases of my life telling me, “Hey, you may want to avoid those that only seek the bad in life or don’t focus so heavily on climbing a ladder, without examining and understanding which ladder is BEST for you.”
Despite my lack of understanding about life, what I did have were fun-loving grandparents that modeled some foundational goodies that I oh so needed back then and still hold tight to now —commitment, creativity and love. I’m certain my grandparents’ union wasn’t void of suspicious winds and stormy situations, but they were able to sustain a solid home-life for four decades. Their obvious “like” for each other inspired me and got me to thinking…
Life is a gift, BUT…?
Where do I begin? How do I know when I’m on the right path and will I be fortunate enough to do life with someone I sincerely like? If you can relate to any of this, please be encouraged. Thankfully, when I thought my questions and concerns about life could get no crazier, God intervened and began to show me a better way to build my life. Not alone, but with God.
Here are 3 proven ways to help you build your life well:
1. Asking God for guidance is best. Despite the nasty rumors, God is real and God is the best teacher, therapist and mentor. Basically, God cares about our whole being and our being whole. Since you and I were created on purpose for purpose, it’s smart to checkin with the Creator in order to know who we really are and are meant to become. Start with a simple question or prayer and wait to see how God leads you (James 1:5).
2. Avoiding quick fixes will save you time. In our world, there’s an abundance of rashness being sold. You know –No credit, no problem! No talent, no problem! No commitment, no problem! Try your best to reject the, “I deserve it, now!” mentality. If God says wait, do your best to wait or pray for the strength to wait. Ask a friend to hold you accountable. Right timing matters and small steps of obedience are huge. Don’t let your desire to have it now, cost you big time!
3. Always Be Open. God has a wonderful, mysterious and sometimes radical way of sending you and I exactly what we need, when we need it. Cliche I know, but true. Unfortunately, it can be hard to receive what’s needed, when one’s mind and heart is closed off. If you struggle with being open to new people, places or things –ask God to help you open your mind and heart so you don’t miss out on what’s for you. None of us are capable of building a life worth living alone, so be open.
I wrote this blog post in loving memory of my grandfather, Ted T. Turner —an artist, a writer and a great builder.
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