A Firm Foundation

I was 19 years old when I purchased my first home. I was young—but determined—and wanted to have a place to call my own, in an effort to begin building a foundation of responsibility and accountability. For the first couple of years, I had no idea what that really meant. It was quite different having the sole responsibility of things that needed upkeep instead of relying on my parents or having a landlord to call. Since I wasn’t equipped with what I needed to know to keep myself and the house upright, I let some things go awry.

I remember seeing the tiniest hole in my hardwood floors (right above where the furnace was situated in the basement) that grew just slightly over the span of a couple of years. I would cover it with area rugs and décor. Eventually my “I-can-do-it-myself” mentality was met with my foot nearly going completely through this previously-quarter-sized hole in my dining room floor. I knew I had to ask for help.

What to me looked as if it were just a minor defect wound being a several thousand-dollar termite issue. Those little pests had been eating away at the foundation beneath what I could see and completely destroyed beams that had been preventing the house from collapsing in on itself… and me.

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)

Jesus paints the picture of two builders. The descriptive language that he uses between the two is that one is wise and the other foolish. What made them wise or foolish was not their desire to build, but the decision and action that followed the desire. The builder who acknowledged the need for a firm foundation in order for his house to withstand the storm responded to his desire based on experience, knowledge, and good judgment. In contrast, the builder who built his house on sand reacted to his desire by being irrational, senseless, and with poor judgment.

Hearing the Word of God and putting it into practice allows us to respond with wisdom. We need His help. Taking the time to consider our God-directed experiences, reflecting on the knowledge from the Bible, and using good judgment with the help of the Holy Spirit is what builds us up on the solid rock. We should desire to be responsive to the leading and guiding of God’s Word, which is meant to keep us from foolishly reacting to our desires. There’s no covering up on our own, once we’ve allowed ourselves to fall through the holes of our bad decisions. We need God’s covering to keep us upright and to help us once we’ve fallen.

Twenty plus years have passed since I was the young and naïve first-time homeowner. I faced many challenges in the time that I lived in that home, but never another that was a disruption to the foundation. It’s still standing. And so am I.

by Danielle Boardley
Danielle, along with her husband Dominic and children, moved to NJ in April 2014 and began attending Kingsway shortly thereafter. Quickly accepting the invitation to go through Growth Track, they learned more about the church, their spiritual strengths, and landed on the Worship Arts team. Danielle values spending quality time with her family and finding ways to express herself creatively. Joining the Kingsway blog team was yet another exciting opportunity to serve through creative expression. Her love of writing began in her youth when she was introduced to the works of Maya Angelou. Inspired by her prose, Danielle published a book of poetry in 2007.