Life At Its Best: We all have flaws in our foundation
"We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret." It's true: Discipline can be a pain. No one likes having flaws exposed. It can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing.
In the moment, we may not see the purpose behind the pain it brings, but enduring the present pain of discipline is far worth the benefits of living a future of fulfilled purpose.
The other day, I saw a show on TV called "Strip the City." On this show, they study how major cities were built. They identify problems they had to overcome and investigate what steps had to be taken in order for it to become a great place to live.
On this particular episode, they were looking at Toronto. They discovered that years ago, there was a thick sheet of ice over the city. Over time, its weight negatively affected the city's soil. The foundation weakened and slowly turned into soft powder.
In its current state, it was impossible for the foundation to support an entire city. So the engineers quickly went to work. They knew that in order to build the city they were dreaming about, they had to fix the foundation.
While watching that show, I started thinking about how the same is true in our own lives. We all have flaws in our foundation.
Each of us has things that are capable of keeping us from God's best. But the good news is that there's no better engineer than God himself.
He knows exactly how to identify and correct the things keeping us from moving forward. Sometimes, He brings the correction Himself.
Other times, He places godly authority in our lives to do it. Either way, how we respond to that correction is crucial to strengthening our foundation.
Properly responding to correction starts with living in humility, which isn't always easy. We often think we know what's best. We get frustrated when others try to alter our ideas or perspectives.
The reality is that we'll never move forward until we recognize that we can't see everything clearly on our own. We must be open to the counsel of the godly mentors God has placed in our life, valuing their instruction to the point of action.
Then, as we're working on our foundation, we must learn to see past the present pain of the discipline it takes. Hebrews 12:11 says, "No discipline seems pleasant at the time but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it."
Discipline is never fun in the moment. But we must choose to live with a "later on" perspective. We must remind ourselves that the pain is only temporary, but the harvest we will reap lasts forever.
What flaws have you found in your foundation? I encourage you to start fixing them today. Seek out discipline and endure it, even when it's hard. Remember that your pain today is producing a harvest for tomorrow.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.