Hanaal 15:20 “…. if we wish our ideal to be beautiful or strong, we must see that the words out of which this temple will eventually be created are exact, that they are put together carefully, because accuracy in building words and sentences is the highest form of architecture in civilization and is a passport to success.”
I wrote my blog on week 5 titled “Mental House Cleaning” and I’ve mentioned about what my 16 year old son described our family’s journey as “Our family was like a pretty house and looked perfect but it was weak. So it was shattered and completely broken when it was shaken but we are in the process of rebuilding as a stronger house”.
Somehow this picture came back to my mind as I was reflecting this week about “Words.”
Hanaal 15:12 “The first form which thought will find is language, or words: this determines the importance of words; they are first manifestation of thought-the vessels in which thought is carried.”
In the Bible, Matthew 7:24-26, describes two different houses, one built on the rock and the other built on the sand.
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (bold added)
We’ve been reminded several times already that “knowledge does not apply itself” and also “Only way we can get ourselves apply knowledge is by a determined conscious effort”.
It is not enough to know the “Words” or “have knowledge” but we need to apply them and put them into practice to see their power and effects. How many times do we tell ourselves that “I know what I need to do or I should do” but we don’t necessarily carry it into action?
Mere complied knowledge or Words won’t be effective or powerful enough to withstand the challenges and storms of our life but knowledge and Words that have been applied, lived out and embedded in our mind and heart will be the source of hope, strength and power we can hold onto and depend on through life’s challenges and struggles.
As I am still working on chipping away cement (stone) cover on my golden buddha (The Story of Golden Buddha), and getting rid of my old blueprint to replace with my new blueprint, I am reminded of this parable of two houses, one built on the sand and the other built on the rock. Surely I want to build my house on the rock, not on the sand.
So I was challenged that I need to put all my efforts into practice and application of all the learnings, readings, ideas in mind instead of just sitting on them and contemplating. This is an evidence of my old subby still trying to pull me down from moving forward as I am striving to shine my light through the cracks on my cement cover and getting rid of the old blueprint.
Hence it makes sense that I chose “Decisiveness” as the Week one Franklin Makeover quality. I struggled through identifying my Decisiveness but I am definitely getting better at catching myself hesitating and wrestling in my mind. So once again my journey of “Persistence” continues on with “Love in my heart’ toward “myself” who is working very hard to let go of “Old Me” and embrace “New Me”.
I persist and I succeed because I am nature’s greatest miracle!