Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


August 28, 2012

Dear Friend,

The Washington Monument was in the news recently. After suffering some damage in the earthquake of 2011, it now appears the majority of the damage was near the top of the Monument and far above its sound foundation.  A sound foundation is key to the quality of anything you build.

I watched a large multi-purpose building being built from the ground up. I was intrigued that the builder took what seemed like a quarter of the total time of construction to dig a huge hole and pour a tremendous amount of concrete in and around the solid rock underneath. I asked him why. He made it clear that the key to a sound building is a truly sound foundation.

Upon what foundation are you building the work of your life? On what foundation rests the results of what you say, what you do, what you think and what you are?

Each builder must choose with care how to build on it [the foundation]. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.” I Corinthians 3:10b-11*

Anything we do in life that does not have Jesus underneath it isn’t going to last. It’s that simple.

One of the great hymns of the church is, “The Church’s One Foundation.”  

Another way to sing it is to insert your own name, “The Jenny’s one foundation…, “The David’s one foundation…,” “The Marty’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord…”

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2012 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NRSV