Our neighbors are building a new house.
Within days they have torn down the old one and are now digging deep holes for the new one. I would have had the chance to sleep in a little this morning, but no. 7 a.m. sharp the construction workers show up. Machines are running, and once in a while you can feel the entire building shake.
When you take some time to look at their work, though, it’s fascinating.
They have to dig deep to give the building a good foundation.
They have to unearth the old foundations and examine if they’re still stable enough.
They have to tear down what is no longer needed.
Digging. Unearthing. Examining. Tearing Down. Building Up.
An exercise that life teaches us every day.
We surely can’t choose the body and life we’ve been given; what we can do, though, is to take care of what’s underneath.
We can take care of our soul.
We have to look below our surface and unearth the depths inside of us.
We have to examine where we come from and if this foundation will bring us safely into the future.
We have to take a closer look at our identity, our values, our beliefs – how do we see ourselves, the world, other people, God?
We need to be brave and tear down what is no longer needed. Everything no longer stable has to go.
Limited views of God.
Wrong ideas about the world.
Lies about ourselves.
The walls between us.
We need to prepare the ground and lay good foundations, so that our lives may be rooted deeply and securely for a yet unknown future.
Writing for Five Minute Friday today.