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Build your life on Christ - a firm foundation


September 8, 2017

We all build our lives on something. The issue revolves around this question: Is that “something” what you would risk your eternity on?

Let me explain with an experience from my childhood.

In some of my early growing-up years in Kansas City, Missouri, Mother often took Susie and me into the city to explore museums or to shop at Macy’s. Those excursions were recreational and educational.

We would shop all morning and then when noon came, we would head to the nearest Katz Drug Store to eat at the lunch counter. Downtown Kansas City was exciting and Susie and I were in awe of the inner-city energy and action.

One such trip was on a cold January day when winter coats were on sale. We had not been downtown since before Christmas. After about an hour’s bus ride, Mother pulled the cord to let the bus driver know we needed off. He stopped the bus, we jumped off and the three of us started walking in the direction of Macy’s.

Then we noticed something new. During our few weeks’ absence from the downtown scene, a whole city block had been boarded off for construction of a new skyscraper. The construction crew had drilled holes in the walls partitioning off the area so passersby could observe the activity.

We stopped and took a look. It was amazing. The crew had the earth torn up in the process of digging deep down to lay the foundation for the tremendous skyscraper. It seemed that those giant earth-moving machines just scooped up dirt effortlessly.

There were sounds of tumultuous jackhammers breaking up concrete and other machinery noises dominated the air.

On downtown trips over the next few weeks we always made time to peer through the holes in the fence to watch the construction.

But one day we stopped to check out the site and there was no activity. Everything was at a standstill. We stood with others as we wondered why there was no activity. Mother asked a man next to her why construction was halted.

He said the crew hit quicksand and had to find solid ground for the foundation or else they would be in trouble later. Engineers were working on the problem.

Weeks passed. Finally the problem was remedied. All the sand was scooped out and hauled away in trunks. When solid ground was found, they could begin the construction.

We passed through Kansas City this last summer, and I glanced over from the interstate at all those skyscrapers. That building is probably still there and it has been safe over the years despite the winds and storms because its foundation is sturdy.

So what foundation are you building your life on?

Jesus had much to say about solid rock versus quicksand and building our lives on a firm foundation. He said:

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27, NLT)

In essence, Jesus said we have a choice in life. We can build our lives on the sand, without him, but the storms of life can make it easily fall. Or, we can build upon the Rock, Jesus Christ, and the house will stand despite the storms.

The reality is that in this experience called life, we all will be shaken by the storms we encounter through the years.

Our family this last year faced the death of our precious son. We realized that none of us is immune to the hardships and extreme loss we may face in the future.

Yet, if we have placed our faith, our hope, on the Solid Rock Jesus, we have a firm foundation.

When I was a little girl, we sang in church: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Never as a child did I realize what I would face as an adult. Yet those words are more real to me now than ever before.

Judy Brandon writes about faith for The Eastern New Mexico News. Contact her at:


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