Good intentions are like bad foundations
We’ve all read or heard the parable about the man who built his house on the sand. His foundation, though just fine in normal everyday circumstances and weather, could not withstand the more extreme conditions, such as the heavy rains and strong winds.
“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Today I learned a valuable lesson. Yes, I learned that my belief of having the good intention to care for my husband who has the Flu, was just that – a good intention. Up to this point, I had been doing a great job! This time though, was different. My thought just prior to those strong winds and heavy rain, was “I’ll go up there and see if he needs anything. I’ll ask what I can do for him.” Naturally, I did just that. But, I also had other plans that as soon as I had again cared for him, to immediately go running a few miles at the Greenway, and it was already 5:15pm. So my offer of assistance came with limitations of my time. I didn’t realize this until it happened. After running up and down the steps several times to get the things he needed and wanted, I became very frustrated with him, and said, “Why not just tell me what you need the first time! I don’t want to make any more trips!”
I blew up. I spoke out of anger. I had just defeated the whole purpose of serving him with kindness by putting a condition on my offer. This was not loving, nor was this fulfilling my good intention. He was now hurt and rejected my offer. My heart broke, my selfishness revealed, thus my good house of intentions fell.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”
This is how we are to love others: not with conditions that puts a limit on how much we love others, nor with intentions of doing and being good, but we need to be all in! If we aren’t, then our witness of Jesus is weak, and the world’s opinion of Him is damaged. Our testimony of how Jesus has changed our lives shows to be rather false, and crumbles before our very eyes.
Look at the photo for today. This dam was built over 150 years ago. It could have all the best intentions of standing strong and holding back the creek, but once heavy flooding headed its way, as was happening in this picture, it couldn’t endure for very longing its foundation wasn’t strong. Even so, this dam still stands today, as the men that built it knew that in order for it to do its job properly, it needed the proper base, a strong, firm foundation of rocks.
Jesus taught Peter how to love others as He loves. Jesus lived out, and continues to act on these same principles for us today, so we ought to imitate his example in all things, without conditions or limitations.
“Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Jesus is our strong foundation. If we have built our lives with faith in Him, then we are sure to withstand any heavy rains or strong winds that would come our way, and our Godly love for others will be as limitless as He is.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.“
Food for thought: “If you destroy the foundations of anything, the structure will collapse. If you want to destroy any building, you are guaranteed early success if you destroy the foundations.”
― Ken Ham, The Lie: Evolution
People with good intentions make promises, but people with character keep them.
Fun facts: The current dam was built in the 1850s and supplied power to the pre-Civil War factories and eventually the 1882 mill downstream. According to the Report to the Stockholders, dated October 29, 1879, the height of the dam was increased by five feet. The base of the dam is rock fill on the slant.
Photo by: Kari Wiseman – Roswell Mill Dam’s flooding falls