When The Pressure Is On

       Pr.16:3 Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. 

       The big game, only minutes from the final whistle. The entire game is on the line. Every play and every move counts toward victory or defeat. Many times by this point in the game the outcome has already been determined. The team that has had it drilled into the very fabric of their being to never give up, never give in, refuse to give less than 110% until the whistle stops blowing. They held three-a-day practices when everyone else was holding two-a-days because the temperatures were in the triple digits. They ran the drills even though it was pouring rain. They did endurance training even in the off season. Many times, they emerge victorious when all of the dust has settled and the sound of the final whistle has faded. That’s the team with a solid foundation. That same principle rings true in life. When the pressures of life come, and the storms of life beat against you; the quality of your foundation is exposed. Mt.7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. It is hard to teach someone to value a quality foundation when they have never experienced the effects of the storm. I have experienced several tornadoes, hurricanes, and even a couple earthquakes. As a builder, I can appreciate the depth that I need to dig my footers, I can envision the need for all of the strapping and ties. It seems to be the same when trying to train a young person to value the things that build the foundation of who we are. To value the time spent studying and committing God’s Word to memory. The time spent in private prayer. Those small steps of obedience that lead to even larger ones. Building the rock solid foundation of a victorious Christian life.

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD