Built to Last

History has shown that the call to build comes with robbers, looters, criticism, jealousy, strife, distractions, abuse, many failures and successes. Natural disasters can create headaches and unnecessary pain to builders. But to build anything you must be prepared for battle. To build you must lead the project. To build you cannot be easily distracted by outside meddling.

A builder must be prepared to face many setbacks and disappointments and expect the unexpected. A true builder understands that mental stamina is a must. It’s easy to become discouraged when attacks are coming from every side especially if it’s coming from inside the camp.

There are times as a builder you sit down and weep because the work requires heavy lifting and physical strength and some days the strength just isn’t there. But as you bring yourself to accepting and appreciating the struggles you will soon discover that you were really built to last. God’s favor makes even your enemy to be at peace with you and you eat well and enjoy the fruit of your labor.

You may win or lose a battle, but you will win the war. Battles come short and quick but if you stay on the project you will be led by the dreams you carry in your heart. Honest hard work pleases God and no matter how heavy the load may be one day you will look back and realize how much your life has changed because of the journey.

When building always follow your heart and not your emotions. A quote I love very much says, “Maturity is learning to walk away from people and situations that threaten your peace of mind, self-respect, values, morals and self-worth.”  

Sometimes in building you may make wrong turns and mistakes but having a good heart will get you right back on track. Don’t be afraid to start over again.  You have had the experiences so you are not really starting from scratch this time around. Whatever you are building … build in a way to make it last long after you are gone. Living every day as if it was your last.  

Someone said, “A strong person is NOT the one who doesn’t cry. A strong person is the one who cried and shed tears for a moment, then gets up and fights again.”

Billy Graham said, “The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.”

Building doesn’t require that we be the best, but that we simply keep on doing our best. We are in no competition with anyone because we are all running a different race. Get up! Work hard! Repeat! Build without regrets!

 If the material you’re using for building is yours, you will never run out of materials. Keep believing in yourself and everything will be possible.

Find the joy in building – God built you to last. Remember why you got started and note well that you can’t fight and win every battle. Leave something for God to do.

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