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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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December 5nd, 2013
by
Megan Lightfoot
Bio | Email: MeganLightfoot@creighton.edu

What is your house built on?  Is your house built on your family?  Your friends?  Your desires?  School?  Material possessions?  Yourself?  Or is your house built on your relationship with God?  What is the foundation of your entire life?  The all familiar children’s story of the Three Little Pigs comes to mind (humor me, I grew up on a hog farm!).  The first little pig built his house out of straw, because it was the easiest thing to do.  The second little pig built his house out of sticks, a little bit better but still not built to last.  The third little pig built his house out of bricks, a good strong and solid foundation.  Everything was fine until the wolf came along and as we all know he blew in the house of the straw and sticks, but he could not blow in the house of bricks.  So we are not the three little pigs, but the enemy works similarly in our lives as the wolf did.  When our foundation is built on rock, on our Lord, the enemy cannot blow our house in and we cannot be shaken.  But if we are not rooted in this Love that comes from and is Jesus Christ, our foundations will crumble.  It seems that our society today is and tells us to also to be built on success, fame, wealth and material goods.  These are all passing things, things that will not withstand the storms of our lives.  When things get tough, tragedy approaches or we are faced with difficulties, without a solid foundation in Jesus Christ we will fall apart.   

I have been learning this lesson firsthand during this semester.  I am in my second year of pharmacy school, the hardest year of my program.  While I knew before the start of the semester that it would be a tough year, I could not have done enough to prepare myself for just how rigorous it really is.  It is not that anyone is purposefully trying to “blow my house down”, but the temptations to become overwhelmed with the stress and rigor of school consistently wears down on me.  “Trust in the LORD forever!  For the LORD is an eternal Rock” –Isaiah 26:4.  I am learning the importance of remaining rooted in prayer and my foundation in Christ alone.  When I go away from my trust in the Lord and begin to depend on myself alone that is when I begin to fall apart.  This is a difficult, but good lesson to learn.  “A strong city have we; he sets up walls and ramparts to protect us” –Isaiah 26:1.  I encourage each of you to find this strength in the Lord.  He is thirsting for you, desiring to be in a personal relationship with you; Do not be afraid!  “The Lord is my light and salvation; whom should I fear?”- Psalm 27:1

Come Holy Spirit, help us to look into our lives and truly build our foundation on the Lord and His Love.  Help us to proclaim “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”- Psalm 118:26. 

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