The Wise Man and the Foolish Man
The wise man built his house upon the rock and the rains came tumbling down.
The rains came down and the floods came up but the house on the rock stood still. – Link
Here is another story.
The foolish man built his fence upon rotten posts and the winds came blowing in. The winds came in and the dust kicked up and the fence on the rotten posts blew down. This happens at my house multiple times every spring.
The problem is:
- It is not attractive to have our fence laying down.
- Our little dogs can get out and go where we can’t provide protection for them.
- We can’t keep out other animals or unwanted visitors.
In a recent General Conference Bishop Davies talked about the importance of building our lives on a firm foundation. – Link
He talked of 3 important things that we can do to build on this firm foundation and I’m going to liken those to fence posts.
Worthily Partaking of the Sacrament
Prayer is one of the most basic and important foundational building blocks of our faith and character. Sharing our thoughts, feelings, and desires with God through sincere and heartfelt prayer should become to each of us as important and natural as breathing and eating. (2013 April General Conference, A Sure Foundation, Sat. Morning Session – By Dean M. Davies)
Searching the scriptures on a daily basis will also fortify our faith and character. While reading the scriptures is good, reading by itself is insufficient to capture the full breadth and depth of the Savior’s teachings. Searching, pondering, and applying the words of Christ as taught in the scriptures will bring wisdom and knowledge beyond our mortal understanding.
One of the most important steps we can take to strengthen our lives and remain firmly attached to the foundation of the Savior is to worthily partake of the sacrament each week. The sacrament ordinance affords every Church member the opportunity to ponder his or her life in advance, to consider the actions or non-actions that may need to be repented of, and then to partake of the bread and water as sacred emblems in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, a witness of His Atonement. If we partake with sincerity and in humility, we renew eternal covenants, are cleansed and sanctified, and receive the promise that we will have His Spirit to be with us always. The Spirit acts as a type of mortar, a welding link that not only sanctifies but also brings all things to our remembrance and testifies again and again of Jesus Christ. Worthily partaking of the sacrament strengthens our personal connection to the foundation rock, even to Jesus Christ.
By Securing our fences:
We will have confidence
We will set a safe perimeter for our families where can provide ample protections
We can keep out unwanted influences
Temptations will still come but we have this promise:
12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall. (Book of Mormon, Helaman, Chapter 5)