"If you have the foundations right, the rest you can build on". It's a quote from the movie Money Pit about a house that seemed to have everything wrong with it. However, as the workers were leaving from the house's renovations, the head builder said those words to his owners because the house's core had always been solid. They'd built and rebuilt upon good foundations.
I think our lives are like that too. Every relationship, belief, and pursuit we have can only be successful and stand the test of time if the foundations are strong and built right in the first place.
Without basing who we are, what we do, and whom we choose to share our lives with on, solid essentials, we will eventually find ourselves on shaky ground and face inevitable collapse.
But when we choose to build our life upon love and God's promises and the way He asks us to do things, we soon discover that we will always have a steadying and guiding hand to come back to.
The base is there, and regardless of any pressure from family, finances, health issues, work or just life in general, we know that we've built our "house" strong, and we can always rely upon and lean on those solid foundations. Even if our life get buffeted about or perhaps needs a coat of paint or some renovations done on it, we have the core of who we are right, so we can always keep building and tweaking things if necessary to move forward.
Take the time and effort to build your "house" right from the beginning, whether that is in your character, relationship, career, studies, or future plans.
Build solid foundations, put in the work now, sure up your foundations of what you value and believe, pray lots and follow God's building guidelines found in His Word, and you will build something that has far more chance of standing the test of time and the pressures of life.
Remember, "If you have the foundations right, the rest you can build on!"
Jesus said it this way, "Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them; I will show you what he is like: 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. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great." (Luke 6:47-49)
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold." (Psalm 18:2)
Prayer: Lord, I'm choosing to make you my final authority and to base my life upon who you are and what you say about me. Please help me build, and if need be, strengthen my foundations in you so that I can continue to build strongly regardless of what may be going on around me. In Jesus name Amen.