Growing up we were told numerous stories that usually had a moral or a bottom line that helped to shape our ideals, values, and character. The most famous architects that most of us know are a little trio known as The Three Little Pigs. The Three Little Pigs only built one house each and two of them fell down, but we all know about their work and what happened thereafter.
To me the overarching lesson of The Three Little Pigs is what you build with matters. Many times in life people build their lives out of materials that won’t last. The use some materials because they are common and easy to find. This allows for quick construction, without a lot of hard work, but it also leads to unstable structures built on unstable foundations, that certainly won’t stand the test of time.
There are also those that build out of beautiful materials. Beautiful materials have the advantage of being pleasing to the eye, but many times they are not strong enough to hold together when the winds begin to blow and ultimately fail. Finally there are those who build out of the strongest things they can find. They look high and low for strength not worrying about how it looks or how difficult it is to find because they know that strong things stand the test of time.
The truth of the matter is our lives are the greatest architectural displays that any of us will ever create. It is great to have some times of ease, and certainly nice to have a life of beauty but most important is a life that will last in times of trouble. When we build our lives based on a foundation of wisdom and continue to build with good sense we begin to make a structure that will be beautiful but will also stand the test of time. Wisdom and good sense are rare materials but they are available to all who seek them out. When you retire or ever reflect upon your life…what will your friends, family, and career say about you? Will it say that you just haphazardly went through life building unhealthy relationships or will your life testify that you built things that lasted. When we go the extra mile to find the right materials we build houses that will last no matter the storm.
What Are You Building?
Pastor Derrick Phillips