“Give me the place to stand, and I shall move the earth.” These words were reported to have been spoken by Archimedes of Syracuse, [Greek mathematician, philosopher, scientist and engineer; c. 287 BC – c. 212 BC], as he explained the principle of the lever. I am intrigued by the idea of a place to stand because it speaks to me about the nature of foundation; the ground on which I am standing.
In the natural realm, during an earthquake, structures built on loosely consolidated materials are more likely to be damaged or damaged more significantly than similar structures built on bedrock. One of the ways to earthquake-proof a structure is to dig down through the unconsolidated materials to bedrock and anchor the base of the building to the bedrock.
As we consider our lives as individuals and as leaders we must know where we are standing. What is our bedrock? What are our core values; our guiding principles that provide the raison d,être for our words, actions and decisions?
In the teachings of Jesus we encounter two builders, one wise and one foolish. The wise builder, the one who hears truth and puts it into practice is like a person who lays his foundation on bedrock. The foolish builder, the one who ignores truth is like a person building a house on sand. Both structures are exposed to the storms and vagaries of the weather. The house on the rock stands firm but the house on the sand falls, like Humpty Dumpty, with a great crash; different foundation, different end result.
How do you find your place to stand?
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