Day 6: Stop Building on Sand

If you grew up in the church, you may recognize that story as the parable of the wise man and the foolish man. Read the words of Jesus:

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his hoDay 6: Stop Building on Sanduse on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.  — Matthew 7:24-27

Building kingdoms in our own strength or on our own foundations will leave us standing alone, cold and wet. They will fall around us when life gets hard or trials come.

I love urban explorer (urbex) photography, like Niki Feijen,  Chris Luckhardt, and Detroiturbex. I recently stumbled across a series of photographs of abandoned Six Flags New Orleans, which was flooded during Hurricane Katrina. It was originally built on swamp land and is a low-lying area, so the entire property was under water for nearly a month after the hurricane hit.

Katrina Killed the Coaster by Keoni Cabral via Creative Commons license 2.0

When we build our kingdoms on foundations that aren’t stable, whether sand or swamp, we run into similar problems. Growth isn’t sustainable. The first “storm” that hits, sends things crumbling into ruin.

Stop building on sand. Build the foundation of your life and kingdom on the rock, that is, Christ Jesus.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, — Psalm 46:1-2

What areas have you been building on a shaky foundation in your life? Repent and start building on the rock.

Go back, if you missed Day 5.

crushing your kingdoms

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Rhythm Like A Junior High Band

Woohoo! It’s Friday! I’ve got a fun-filled weekend ahead and hope you do too! 

It’s FMF time again. This week’s prompt is Rhythm.

Photo credit: Nic’s events (Creative Commons)

 

Have you ever been to a junior high band concert? If you’re not a parent of one of those precious musicians (and sometimes even if you are), they can be brutal to sit through. The average junior higher is not a skilled musician – probably using the term musician is stretching things a bit.

It’s rough on the ears.

Rhythm is a tricky thing, one person out of step can easily through everything off.

Sometimes life is like that. We get out of rhythm and feel ourselves bungling around for awhile. Things don’t fall into place like they used to or should Our rhythm is off.

Now a talented musician gets even better with rhythm and can get skilled at syncopation. So with growth in our personal lives. We get better at being out of step with the norm and stretching ourselves to grow, despite whatever rhythm is playing around us.

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Aaaand, that’s time. I’m kind of hating not being able to correct a few typos in there, but I’m trying to be real and honest with the project. So there it is. :}

You can read more of this week’s Five Minute Friday posts here – Rhythm.

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