Excerpts From Rock-Solid Living In A Quicksand World
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
Storms storms seem to come into everyone’s life. The winds of adversity howl like a category-five hurricane! Day in and day out, many poor souls are pounded by the challenges they face. Every day it seems that this beating will never end, and some have experienced this for years. Perhaps they have been soaked by the deluge of abuse or trauma. The toxicity of their homes flooded over them every day of their growing-up years, and they were in danger of sinking in the quicksand of their lives. Some people miraculously have a foundation that keeps them living on a rock-solid footing despite the past or present storms; however, others have only a sandy foundation that brings them to a state of collapse. For forty-seven years, I have served as a medic and an enlisted man in the United States Air Force (USAF), then as a pastor, and later a senior pastor. In time, I served as a military Chaplain and a VA mental-health Chaplain. During my decades of service, I have weathered many storms myself. Yet I have served people who have really suffered—people who have been abused in many ways. These young men and young women have experienced some of the most heinous, ugly crimes imaginable—and by people who should have loved them. Abandonment permeated our society then as it does now. All too many dads are unavailable to their children. Verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, passive abuse, and even spiritual abuse plagued virtually every person who came to see me. Their lives seemed to be on a quicksand foundation. Key people had sinned against them.
Others have not suffered in the ways I have mentioned, but each person still faces life’s challenges: spiritual challenges, emotional challenges, relational challenges, financial challenges, physical challenges, and especially cultural challenges. Each trial begins as a gentle breeze that sometimes erupts into an overwhelming tornado. Amid these hardships, there are those who are fundamentally changing the foundations that once served us well. They are setting us up culturally and individually for a crash that will surely come if we do not get our footing upon the “Rock.” Will we choose to stand on the Rock, or will we choose another way? Will we choose life? Or will we choose destruction?
To Be Continued
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