Building From A Strong Foundation

My current side project is building a shed. It is a simple 10x12 structure that will help clear out some clutter from the basement and garage. I've never built one before so I'm excited to get started, but of course, I have to start with the foundation. Any good construction project begins with a good foundation. It is necessary but tedious and time consuming. There is a desire to get it close enough so I can start on the fun part of building the structure, but the foundation isn't the part of the project to cut corners on. Get the foundation right and the rest of the construction is that much easier, not to mention that it will last longer without any sort of damage. Block by block I level, tamp, place the block, measure, remove the block, adjust, and repeat and repeat and repeat.

A foundation is a good metaphor for other areas of our life. If you are in sports, the foundation comes from the weight room and conditioning to prepare your body to perform at a higher level. For dancers stretching is a foundation element. The Bible and its teachings are the foundation as described in Matthew 7:24-27. John Wooden talked about the foundation skills of leaders in his Pyramid of Success.

In all areas of our lives we can identify the things we need to do to achieve what we want. They are usually not the fun activities we choose first, but every time we spend time on it, we are working on our foundations. From a strong foundation will come strong structures. It may not be fun but it is worth it.

Image Source: Ashley Pate Art

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