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What’s your foundation?

One day while driving in Nairobi, Kenya, I saw a three–story building still under construction. Fairly new, it was nothing more than a shell; just square columns and cement floors. After taking a second look, I knew that further construction had been halted forever. One side of the structure sloped severely—a result of foundation failure.

Howard_JaniceOne of the world’s most famous foundation failures is the Leaning Tower in Pisa, Italy. During its early stages of construction, the tower tilted. Engineers had underestimated the softness of the ground on one side.
As I watch the new Tappan Zee Bridge being built over the Hudson River in New York, I am praying that the underwater foundation is strong enough to hold the 13 miles of main span cables, 50 miles of foundation pilings, 300,000 cubic yards of concrete, 220 million pounds of U.S. steel, plus cars, busses, and trucks.

The foundation of any building must distribute its load from the structure to the ground. How often do you think about the underpinnings of the bridge on which you travel, or the mall where you shop, or the home in which you live? Foundations are crucial.

What is your spiritual foundation? Will it withstand the storms of life and the tests of time? Is it based on church tradition, family heritage, religious doctrine, good behavior, or biblical scripture?

This SAConnects offers stories about foundations, both physical and spiritual. As you read them, please keep this scripture in mind:

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).


Colonel Janice Howard
Secretary for Communications

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Digital Edition: September 2016