Life At Its Best: Strong foundation key to stability
By Jim Graff
Feb. 21, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 20, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a fascinating structure. It's unique in that it tilts heavily to one side. Just by looking, it seems impossible that it could keep from crumbling.
I recently did some research to discover what caused it to lean and how it had remained standing for so long. I discovered the tilt was the result of a flawed foundation. The architects did not realize the foundation was flawed until they began construction on the second story and saw that one side of the tower was sinking.
They knew they couldn't progress with such a weak foundation. They had a decision to make. They could either quit and settle for what they'd built, or they could make changes to the foundation that would enable them to build something greater.
The first option would've required much less time and effort, but they weren't content to settle for less than what they'd dreamed of. So they got to work.
It took time before the foundation finally reached the state in which it could support the structure. But their diligent work has proven well worth it.
Today, the tower remains one of the longest-standing structures in Italy. Although it still has a tilt, they're convinced that, as long as they continue to strengthen its foundation, it'll keep standing.
When I thought about it, I realized how similar our lives are to that tower. We all go through experiences that can cause life to feel a little unstable. Maybe it's in our relationship with our spouse or kids, or maybe we're experiencing instability in our finances or career.
The good news is a tilt does not have to turn into a tumble. Like those architects, we can choose to evaluate and eliminate the flaws in our foundation, the wrong habits and decisions that will cause us to fall. And we can begin rebuilding our lives on the foundation of God's word.
Living a life firmly established on God's word starts with being confident that His word is completely true. In order to do that, we have to read and study it to discover the promises and principles He's called us to stand on.
This means that we can't just focus on the parts we like. As we believe the promises He's given us, we must not overlook the process He says we must follow to receive them.
Partial knowledge causes shallow hope that leads to disappointment. However, by striving to study and understand His word completely, we will build a stronger life.
Then, we must not just believe God's word is completely true but that it can produce change. In Isaiah 55:10-11, Jesus said, "I send it (my word) out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it."
Anywhere God's word is applied, it will produce positive change. No, it probably won't happen overnight. It requires perseverance and diligent obedience.
However, as we faithfully follow His word, we'll establish a foundation strong enough to support us in every season.
Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit faithfamilyvictoria.com.