Author: Mr Chris Breingan, Curriculum Manager
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Matthew 7: 24-27
This well-known bible passage paints a vivid picture. It compares two types of people – one who hears the Word of God and applies it to his life is like a builder who builds a house with a strong foundation on a rock. The second man is the one who hears the Word of God and ignores what he hears - they are like a builder who build his house on sand. Both houses stand at the start, both houses would appear identical from the outside, but what separates theses two images is what happens to them when trouble comes their way. The house on the rocks remains standing, unshaken, and strong, but the one on the sand crumbles and is overcome by trouble.
A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a meeting at school and was asked to consider what are my foundations like, what have I built my life on. We were asked to consider what influences, what examples, what moments have gone into shaping our foundations. I listened as people shared their thoughts and then I offered one of mine. I spoke of the example of my father. He would go to work religiously every day, I cannot remember him ever having a day off. I am certain he never ‘pulled a sickie’; he was reliable, leaving at the same time every morning and arriving home the same time every evening. He was a loyal employee and had a commendable work ethic. I realised in that moment that his example had helped to shape a part of my foundations for life. Through what I had seen and experienced as a child, I too have developed a similar work ethic to his.
Many of the things I do now have been influenced by the foundations that were constructed in my life many years ago. These foundations come from the things that I experienced with my family, through my school or through my church. The way I handle pressure, the way I react to a crisis, the way I celebrate the good times, all these things stem from the foundations that were laid many years ago. My foundation of knowing God and having an unwavering faith in Him was given to me through my parents and my grandparents. All through my childhood and teenage years, little did I know or even consider that the foundations for the rest of my life were being designed and developed by my family and my community.
Back to our parable - the role of our College is to be a strong influence and part of the foundations for our students. This is a role we shouldn’t take lightly as we understand that we are partnering with the families in our community to design and develop in our students their foundations for life. Our prayer is that our students come to know God and develop strong foundations in Him. We hope they become aware of the importance of building a life with Christ, so when trials or challenges come their way, they can remain strong in Him.