3 Ingredients to Disaster Proof Your Home
Houses are built out of manmade materials but a home is built on our relationships. It is only as strong as the connections within. Just as natural disasters can destroy an improperly constructed house, the storms of life can weaken and destroy our homes if they too are improperly constructed.
No home is ever completely free of trouble. In preparation of the harsh conditions that are certain to strike, build your home so that it can withstand events that can cause others to fall. Doing so requires three essential ingredients:
A Solid Foundation
The first and most crucial component of any structure is the foundation. It must be both solid and stable. It won't matter how strong the walls and roof are, if the foundation crumbles. A foundation build on the Rock is the most secure. Attend church together, pray together, walk in truth together. Faith in Jesus will see your home stand firm through the storms.
Strong Walls"When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built."Luke 6:48
Once the foundation is laid, the second step in construction is to build the walls. In relationships, walls are constructed by the words we speak and the actions we take towards one another. The more we build up one another the stronger the walls of our home become. But when we use harsh words or treat each other with disrespect--nag, belittle, put down, ridicule, or dominate one another- we create fissures that weaken its integrity. Affirm each other and seek ways to serve one other in love. Your walls will grow strong and will resist much.
"The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense."
The final piece of building construction is the roof. Once properly installed, it adds strength to the whole by securing all of the parts together. The most storm resistant roofing material for a home is a covering of love. Each part of the home becomes stronger as it adds stability and protection to all within. A roof made of love will withstand every tempest.
"Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
1 Cor 13:7
As with poorly constructed buildings, we often take short-cuts in building our homes and wonder why they fail. Without the proper ingredients, a home can crumble even without a major storm. The steady rain of daily life can erode foundations built on sand, cause rot to eat away at exposed walls and send haphazardly attached shingles falling from roofs. At other times destruction doesn't come externally, it comes from within. We act like "Dani the Destroyer" willfully knocking down the very thing we sought to build.
Message for the Journey:
A home built on a foundation of Christ, with walls of affirmation and service, and topped by a covering of love will withstand every storm of life. Like a strong tower, it will be a refuge for the family, a protection from the world, and a secure place of acceptance. Don't wait until after disaster strikes to ensure your home is well constructed. Invest time each day. Live a Proverbs 14:1 life. Together you will remain strong.
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