I marvelled at the sight before my eyes of what is in my opinion, one of the most inspiring modern architectural buildings in the world. It had always been a dream of mine to see the Eiffel Tower in Paris and here I was – gazing up to the very top of the tower. It’s been standing in the centre of Paris for over 100 years and building it was no easy feat. Each part had to be carefully considered with regards to the laying of its foundation and the materials to use, all to make sure that this magnificent structure is still standing today.
In many ways, the architectural building process that occurs when building monuments like the Eiffel Tower is similar to the process of building yourself. In fact, in the book of Proverbs building character is likened to building a house.
“A wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Proverbs 14:1 (NLT)
And just like the world of architecture, building you takes time, effort and good decisions. Who you are on the inside overflows into everything that you do. It’s called character. This is all the qualities that make up who you are. These qualities can either be positive or negative and form the foundation of who you are. Now in buildings, foundations can be solidly or shakily built. Simply look at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy! The foundation of this building was poorly laid and although it first stood upright, it wasn’t long until cracks started to appear and the tower began to tilt.
We live in a world today where a lot of emphasis is placed on what we look like on the outside, from clothes to make up to accessories and hair. Now good grooming is important, BUT first and foremost is character. It is your foundation that will either cause you to stand strong and tall like the Eiffel Tower or cracked and falling like the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
As it says in Proverbs 14:1, a wise woman BUILDS her house, that is, herself, her family, her friends, her relationship with God, in fact, everything about you is “your house!” So how do you and I build? Stay tuned for some thoughts in Part 2!