Quick story… About 15 years ago when I was in college there was a massive hole in the ground near the campus. I can remember there being many construction workers, trucks, Bobcat machinery and orange cones everywhere. For 4 years I remember the hole that was about 50 feet deep and at least 200 feet wide in the middle of the NYU campus. Well, about 3 years ago went with my wife to have dinner and we walked by this building; it was immaculate! Upon admiring this beautiful building, immediately my thoughts went back to the hole! I had no clue 15 years ago but what they were building was a foundation for something grand.
Is that not also true spiritually? God wants to use our ministries for amazing things but first we have to dig deep enough to build a solid foundation. If you want to build high, you have to dig deep. So here are 3 tips on digging a solid foundation:
- Presence– Don’t just pray for presentation, pray for presence.
- Correction– It must go beyond your head and deep into your soul. I find that correction is only good as long as the person being corrected is remember. The minute the sting of that correction goes away, people usually forget and revert to past behavior. For that reason, I’ve been praying this way, “God I don’t just want to understand or mentally receive a correction; it needs to be written on my heart, deep in my soul.” I find that this where true change happens.
- Maturity– Don’t be petty. Too many times I offend easily or I judge quickly. God has been challenging me with this question: “If I am supposed to be dead to self, why am I so sensitive?” When you’re dead, you’re dead. Period. No feelings, no response. Too many times I mask my offense by using scripture. I’ve learned to worry less about how people offend me and worry more about honoring God. In fact, one of my favorite quotes is that integrity needs no defense.
Here’s why this is so important: Sink holes. Sink holes come unexpectedly and they are the result of a foundation’s inability to support the weight being placed on it. I’m sure you’ve heard a variation of this quote, “Your gifting can take you to places your character cannot sustain.” The only way to avoid sink holes in your character is to build a solid foundation.
Hoping you Thrive in all that you do – DIG DEEP!!!!