Compartments and Foundation

I confess that I tend to compartmentalize my life. I have my calling as a pastor in which I serve the congregation of Resurrection Lutheran Church. I have my family in which I relate to my wife, grown children, grandchild, scattered siblings and aging mother. I have my hobbies of running and backpacking in which I engage some of my passions and share friendships. These arenas of my life overlap, but they also have separate time, energy and focus. Not all my friends or family worship at Resurrection. Only a few in my family share my passion for running and backpacking. My life has compartments.

I think most people I know have similar compartments. As Americans we no longer live in a small town where everyone worships in the same church or eats at the same restaurant. Our work life is often disengaged from our home life; our family life can be disengaged from our community life. When my children were active in high school sports, several parents of their teammates became my friends. Now our paths rarely cross. My life compartments have changed.

One factor that remains consistent within all these compartments is that I am God’s child. God is the foundation upon which my life is built. I don’t always remember that when relationships shift and the walls of my life compartments move. I sometimes think my value and worth are determined by my status with a certain compartment. For example, how well my last race went or my last church project or my last visit with my mom. The truth is my value and worth is determined not by the shifting compartments, but by my foundation, being grounded on the Rock of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, “I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock.” Luke 6:48

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge. Psalm 18:2

Weekly worship reminds me that God is my rock. Prayer also helps me stay grounded to this reality. When I pray, “Our Father in Heaven,” I am no longer rooted to my shifting compartments, but going deeper to the foundation of my life. I need to stay tethered to this spiritual realm even as I move through the various components of my life.

Lord Jesus, thank you for being the foundation of my life.

2 thoughts on “Compartments and Foundation

  1. cleaunz

    I was thinking as I read your post, about Jesus’ words “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”. At frst I saw it as opposing the foundation on a rock but then realised the foundation gives us the liberty to live as Jesus suggests to me here – overcoming the uncertainties of living a Christian life and with little of the worldly comforts.
    I see the compartments as containers – a Church or an activity, family etc, but the real value are the contents – not the compartments. I believe we take those values with us to the new compartments and add to them to it’s contents – added value. Values are the means by which we can dig deeper into the rock.
    Backpacking!!! Love it – been doing it and touring on bicycles all my life too!! It is one compartment I will always have with me – besides God of course!


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