There is a proverb that says a man built his house on shifting sand. The winds came and the house collapsed. Another man built his house on solid rock. When the winds came, it withstood the storm.
This proverb could apply to building a house, building a business, or building a relationship. If there is not a firm foundation, it is going to collapse when the storms come, and as you know, in life…the storms WILL come.
What can you do to build a firm foundation?
- Don’t take shortcuts. Whether you are building something physically or emotionally, take the time necessary and use quality ingredients. If you are building something physically, the foundation is the most important piece of the structure. Make sure it is properly mixed, properly cured, and adequate in width and depth. If it is a relationship, the foundation of any relationship is made up of trust, respect, and love. If you have that as a foundation, it can stand any storm that life might throw at you. Take one of the elements out, and it is likely to fall.
- Don’t be deceived by the lure of the sand. I recently watched a million dollar house be burned to the ground because it was built on a cliff, and the ground below eventually gave way. The house was going to fall into the lake, so it had to be burned to the ground to protect boaters. What a tragedy that a structural engineer was not brought in to test the land first and see if it would stand the test of time. Insurance did not cover it because proper precautions were not taken. What a lesson to learn. Talk about learning something the HARD way!
- Have you ever seen a business that could not stand because it lacked a firm foundation? There is a reason that most businesses fail in the first five years. Lack of vision, lack of focus, lack of resources all contribute to the demise of thousands of businesses every year. Everyone goes into a business with great expectations of success, yet few are prepared for the storms. No business will make it without clear vision for where they are going. It takes great fortitude to not let the setbacks sink the ship or get you off course. Stay on course, and make sure you have the provisions to see you through the storm. Having a good crew is critical to success. Few people make it solo in this day and age.
- The cornerstone is the most critical piece of a solid foundation. The reason it is so important is that it is the first stone set in the foundation, and all others take their place in accordance with it. If it is not aligned properly, everything else will be askew. Make sure your cornerstone (physical or relational) is properly aligned.
May your foundations be firm, blessed, and secure.