Wow what a subject: as vast and deep as the ocean, as broad and wide as the sky and beyond!
I am reminded of an old song that compares a ‘Wise and Foolish builder.’
The wise person built their house upon a rock solid foundation! The foolish person built their home upon the sand!
When we build a physical structure one of the most important aspects of its strength and longevity will be how its foundations are designed and constructed.
In thinking about the house that is built on a sandy base, compared to the one built upon a rock foundation. I’m sure you know which house would stand the test of the prevailing wind, rain and storms?
There are many areas of philosophy, theology and self-help books that may offer us wisdom and insight for daily living according to our own belief system. Personally I find the Wisdom literature within the Old Testament a great source of strength and guidance.
In the http://www.lifecoach-directory.org.uk/ for August some of the key areas for discussion ranged from Business, Career and Personal development. Work/Life balance, Mentoring and Confidence. Health, Relationships, Finances and Spirituality.
In considering such topics people will want to review their foundational building blocks. To gauge if there is any remedial work that is required. To prop up an existing structure or to radically knock down and lay a new foundation altogether.
The book of Proverbs offers a number of pithy little sayings for the Wise and Foolish:
Wise people often get top marks for the great knowledge they have learned.
Wise guys are invariably marked down because they lack wisdom in their life style.
In today’s world we have more knowledge and scientific understanding of life than ever before but that doesn’t mean that we are wiser in our relationships and care for our environment.
Knowledge in itself is not enough to meet all life’s challenges.
We require a wisdom that gives us the ability and insight to handle what comes our way expected or unexpected.
Proverbs are available for everyone. However, the way we apply them will certainly determine if we are wise or foolish! Wisdom offers us an understanding as how best to work within the given tension points that life brings to us all.
‘Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.’
(Proverbs 9 v 1)
(Proverbs 24 v 3-4)
‘Wisdom raises her voice in the public square,’ offering help to those who seek her. (Proverbs 1 v 20)
Wisdom is supreme (Proverbs 4)
When we are thinking about purchasing or making a physical home there will be a number of things to consider.
1. To purchase a ready-made and perfectly finished apartment, house or glorified garden shed!
2. How much the property will cost and what cash levels we can raise!
3. To buy some land and develop it into a dwelling of our dreams, as an investment for the present and the future!
4. To consult others as to how best to buy or build!
If there is such a demand for specific understanding and application in establishing a material home, why is it that we do not diligently build solid relationships, career pathways, live a healthy life and achieve equilibrium in those difficult ‘tension areas’ we all carry each and every day.
My Coaching Motto is:
There is a wisdom in considering what foundations we have built our lives upon and where necessary to have the confidence to rebuild them and enjoy the structure we live and move in.
If we give time to embrace afresh wisdom and understanding then it will be interesting to see how much we develop personally and in all our relationships.
So may you build on a sure foundation physically, mentally and spiritually in every aspect of your life?