S: “he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.” Luke 6:48 (ESV)
O: I can do things the quick and easy way to simply get them done, or I can do the hard work to build something that lasts.
A: I haven’t always dwelt on this parable; probably because I’ve heard it so many times, I didn’t think there was anything else I needed to know about it (that darn pride sneaks in all the time, doesn’t it?). But today I sat in this verse a little longer.
Building great things takes time.
I often forget that.
I often forget that You and I are building something great with my life – moment-by-moment, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, year-by-year. We are building together – and what we are building can’t be done in a day – it takes a lifetime.
But in order to build something stable and secure, something that withstands the storm, a strong foundation is required. This foundation is You – my relationship with You. If I continue to work on what is important, I will develop the skills necessary for the construction of everything else built upon it. Working with You, I can trust that You will bring people, resources, and ideas to help complete the work.
My life is a work in progress, but we are progressing none the less.
You and me. Me and You. Building something great…together.
And building something great takes time.
P: Jesus, I’m so grateful You are a carpenter! Thank You for all the plans You put into making my life great! Please forgive me when I get impatient – wondering when the work will be done. I know the final work was done on the cross – and what we are building together now, is simply a reflection of that love. Thanks for helping me build something that lasts.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13
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