Integrity comes from what's beneath

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not…but ‘tis the season for construction!

Just a drive around town shows homes being remodeled, roads being repaired, new apartments going up…this is the time of the year where construction seems to be happening everywhere...and I love to watch it happen!

The picture I attached with this post is from a home I helped to build with Habitat for Humanity a number of years ago.  Sometimes I get lost in thinking of the magnanimity this build!  We took a naked foundation and built a whole house on top of it in ONE WEEK (with no major injuries…mind you)!

I look at this picture often (it even serves as the wallpaper on computer’s desktop) and think about all of the pieces that go into building something…and there are MANY!  Everyone gets to enjoy the beautiful finished picture of a house’s outside…but few get to enjoy the layer upon layer of OSB, nail after nail, stud fit into roofing clips, sheetrock screwed together and smoothed out by joint compound, insulation (which nobody enjoys in any context), the sanding, painting, finishing, wiring, molding and more!

What I love about this picture is that it reminds me of just how many “invisible” parts a home has.  It’s crazy to think that most of the “guts” of a house will never even be seen, yet everything that lies beneath the visible surface strengthens (or weakens) the integrity of the entire house!

Like a house, each of us are being built…with tons of intricacies beneath the surface of our lives.  These intracacies can include positive or negative life experiences, good and bad choices we’ve made, choices that others have made for us, advice we’ve followed, times we’ve been burned, confidence, guilt, pride, secrets we hold…and so on!  Each of us live with an exterior that people see…while the integrity of our life stands or falls on what’s beneath the surface.

Luke 6:47-48 says: As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.

How do we build this type of life?  How do we withstand the storms that come…not just spring rains…but the Hurricane Irene type storms that tend to find us when we’re not expecting them?  How do we have the security of living in structure that is well built to a perfect plan…by an expert builder…with an infrastructure that maintains its integrity no matter what comes?

We must build our lives on something that is unshakable…something that never will change…based upon the principles that this world was founded upon…from the mouth of our creator Himself.

Part of why I’m so excited about this weekend (and this series…40 Days in the Word) at McLane Church Forward Hall is that we’ll literally learn how to build our lives on the Bible…God’s word to you and I!  This weekend, we’ll be talking about just that… “Building my life on the Bible.”

I hope you can join us at 11AM or 5PM. -- 25th and Peach St, Erie.