Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man built who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the blew and slammed against that house; and it fell – and great was its fall.
Matthew 7:24-27

In 2012, one of my sons learned a painful lesson about foundations.

A plyometrics box is meant for jumping on or off; it’s a great tool that people can use with confidence. The box is like the foundation Christ seeks for each of us. Some start on the firm foundation. However, the enemy creeps in and slowly chips away at their foundation…until they are left with nothing but a ball.

Have you ever tried standing on a basketball? My (at the time) 13 year old son did…and the results were not pretty.

Earlier in the week, my son had broken his shoulder, and still has his are in a shoulder-stabilizing sling the night of this painful incident. For some reason that he still cannot explain, he decided to stand on the ball, with his one free hand holding onto a nearby stage for balance. As he did so, his brother came into the hall…so what does my son do? He tried to wave hello to his brother, taking his free hand off the stage. You can imagine the result…my son knocked himself out when he fell face first onto the floor.

After throwing up for an hour, being strapped to a backboard for 3 hours, taking an ambulance ride to the hospital, enduring s cat scan, receiving 7 stitches, and suffering 24 hours of amnesia, we asked him what happened. His response was classic: “I was being stupid.” He learned a valuable lesson: You need a firm foundation on which to stand.

In May 2012, Tullian TchividJian, the pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (Fort Lauderdale, FL), shared a tweet that read, “We often rest on the crumbling foundation of our imperfect devotion to Jesus rather than on His perfect devotion to us.”

We must ask ourselves, “How is my foundation?’

If we identify with the wise man, then our foundation is built on Christ and His commands. However, if we have built upon the foundation of self, allowing the world to water down God’s truth, filter out God’s voice, and blot out God’s commands…we will find ourselves facing the plight of the foolish man. And when the storms of life come, and they will come, great will be our FALL. Let’s walk circumspectly, look inward, and make sure that we are building on the firm foundation of Christ.


1. What daily steps do you take in practice to strengthen foundational skills for your sport?
2. What steps can you take to strengthen your spiritual foundation?

Further Reading
Luke 6:46-49, 1 Corinthians 3:10-17

(posted by permission from Leo R. Sayles. If you like this devotion, you can order a copy of “Ordering Our Steps: Committing Life and Sport to Christ” by clicking on the book cover above)