Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Huff and Puff and Blow Your House Down!"

Two completely different stories that I vividly remember hearing a thousand times growing up- The Three Little Pigs and the the Biblical story about the two men who build their houses on rock and sand- are on my mind before I fall asleep tonight. Thanks to my current read, "Love Beyond Reason" by John Ortberg, which is absolutely amazing so far, I have been introduced to the connection of the two stories. Isn't it funny how moral lessons and themes are so intricately tied into childish stories like The Three Little Pigs, but we are oblivious to them as children? Anyways, in his book, Ortberg uses The Three Little Pigs to compliment the Biblical story of the house built on rock and the house built on sand. As Ortberg states, "Only the house that is built on wisdom will endure." Like the man who built his house upon the sand, two of the little pigs did not build their house upon a "rock." They did not stop to think, "Will my house stand up against the Wolf?" You and I both know how the two stories ended. The house on sand was washed away and destroyed, and two of the little pigs were left homeless due to the "huff and puff" of the Big, Bad Wolf.
But what about you and me?
Are we not the little pigs that have to decide what we use to build our foundations or our "home." Ortberg gives an alternative for the word "home" and says we can substitute "character" or "soul." That is what we are building, and every commitment, friendship, skill, promise, action we possess or make becomes part of our house. And the wolf comes to the door of every little pig. The storm hits every house. However, as the book says, "it is in the storm that the soundness of the house is revealed."
What will you build your house on? What will it be made of? And when life tries to huff and puff and blow your house down, will you have the strong foundation of a rock or the grains of sand?
I prefer the rock.

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