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Building on the Rock

Dorothy Horne

By Dorothy Horne
May 28, 2013 at 8:23 a.m.


The graduations are almost over and another crop of Millennials is heading out to their futures. If they're anything like I was, they're hoping they will finally discover "the meaning of life," and also how to either 1) save the world; or 2) make a lot of money. (As everyone knows, the two are usually mutually exclusive.)

None of them has asked me yet, but being a proud member of the Boomers, I have now reached the "older and wiser" stage and therefore am qualified to give advice. Here is the best I know.

Two sure things you will discover: there will be blessings beyond your wildest imaginations, and storms that can knock you down. You never know when or where they'll hit or what form or shape they'll take. They won't all be EF5s, but chances are, some will. But not to worry. If your foundation is built on the Rock, nothing can destroy it.

So how do you build this foundation, and where do you find the Rock? There's not an app for it, and Dr. Phil, self-help books, college professors or Siri can't help you, either.

That's because the Rock is Jesus. He alone is our sufficiency. He is the Son of God and the meaning of life. Build your foundation on him, in him and through him. That's my advice and I'm sticking to it.

With Christ as our sure foundation, we can give thanks in the darkest night.

<em>"The power of dark is a great power, but the power of light is greater still. It is the shepherd himself who reaches out a hand ... Death and dark are not the end. Life and light are the end. It is what the cross means, of course."</em> <strong>(Frederick Buechner, "Listening to Your Life.")</strong>

<em>"All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won't collapse, for it is built on rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. For when the rain and floods come, and storm winds beat again his house, it will fall with a mighty crash."</em> <strong>(Matt. 7:24-27)</strong>

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