24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
Good morning and welcome to our First Fit.Church Sunday of 2018. It has been several months since our last Fit.Church Sunday, and I’m sorry for that, but life had put so many obstacles in my way physically and emotionally that I was unable to keep up with everything.
Dad’s Death, and Medical challenges and physical injuries...between my personal grief, and physical pain...it was tough and to be transparent, still is.
But I am also moving forward, and the other day I shared within our Fit.Church community...I’m working toward what I call “Fitness Comeback Player of the Year” for 2018. The medical challenges are in the past and with physical therapy and training, I’m moving beyond the pain challenges slowly but surely. Now let me explain, yes I gained a few pounds since the beginning of last year about 8 pounds, but truly because of the hospitalization and recovery required, I lost muscle mass. I am reclaiming what was lost and more.
I am building my foundation for life, not only physically but spiritually and emotionally. That is what I want to share with you today, a return to foundational living.
I have shared hundreds of times since 2011, that the life Christ has brought to us is a life that is not only spiritually healthy but also emotionally and physically healthy also. Now don’t misunderstand me, we all have challenges we have to live with as we age, especially for someone like me who lived at 400+ pounds for a couple of decades. We have illnesses and injuries that are beyond our control, but when I am speaking of health I’m speaking of living to the best of our ability without personal sabotage.
I refuse to lie in a bed unable to care for myself due to my own eating and activity habits. If I end up in that situation, it will have to be something that was BEYOND my control.
How do we establish or construct and healthy foundational life?
Jesus tells us very clearly in this passage that “anyone who listens and follows his teaching.” builds a foundation for life. Let me read it once again from the Message...
24-25 “These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
26-27 “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
Now let me say there are many of us who are great talkers. We can talk a healthy game...we can talk about the foundational living, we purchase books about how we can live a foundational life, but we fail to do it.
God isn’t as concerned about our talking as he is our walking.
Now many times we hear teachings on this, and we feel bad about ourselves and beat up, and we experience just another instance of personal bruising that drives us further into the cave of existence. I’m not here to condemn anyone...I’m sharing about God’s encouragement to us and especially God’s encouragement to me.
Most of us never intentionally build our life on an unsteady foundation, instead, we just get busy moving along each day without purpose. Many of us never realize we are headed towards despondency, but we arrive their due to a lack of direction and purpose.
We must remember the way we live today determines how we will live tomorrow.
Do not panic and certainly don’t dismiss the thought...if you do, you just might be the “foolish person who hears these words of mine and does not act on them”, and remember those are Jesus words not mine.
As one of the founders of Fit.Church, I must share that I am tired of watching family, friends and acquaintances fall. I have seen their lives “collapse like a house of cards.” And no one says anything about it...
My goal is to do something about it.
Very briefly I want to give you a few blocks that can help you build a healthy life. Please broaden your understanding of what a healthy life is...while it includes physical health it is imperative that we understand that it ALSO includes both emotional and spiritual health.
We are great servants to God, our Families, the Church and our World when we are healthy. We do more, live more, and experience more. This is the full-life that Jesus has promised.
We have to begin to understand that the healthy life is the “whole” life.
Emotionally...we must let go of the past and embrace the present. Establish Friendships
Constructively share your past pain so that there is freedom from strife and
conflict. Address the pain that has a hold on the present.
Physically...we must get back to the basics.
Eat better. Drink more water, be active, get the right amount of sleep.
Spiritually...we must maintain our relationship with God.
Bible reading, communication with God (prayer), and realizing that all of the steps mentioned above in both the emotionally healthy life and the physically healthy life are PART of our worship before God.
This is the Foundational Life that I am building for 2018... My theme is "Back to the Basics and that is going to allow me to make a “Comeback” in life for 2018.
Please understand, some of us are where we are at because of decisions we made, others find ourselves in our current dilemma due to circumstances beyond our control. What I’m sharing is that it doesn’t matter...what matters is getting back to basics.
2017 was the hardest year of my life with both personal physical illness and my Father’s death. It was all beyond my control, but laying the foundation for the rest of my life, IS within my control and that is what I am determined to do.
This is why the word I have chosen for my own life in 2018 is Tenacity. I jokingly referred to it in one of our Fit.Church video chats as “Kenacity”. Why? Because this is a defining year for me.