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Looks can be deceiving. And how something appears on the surface might not speak to its true character and strength. All too often we’ve built on a house of cards and must learn to renew our basic foundations.

Junk food tastes great but often consists of empty calories. It does little to support the true needs of the body. And the body eventually breaks down when this is all that is consumed.

Some car dealers know how to make a vehicle look good in order to sell it. But once it’s off the lot the buyer soon realizes they’ve bought a worthless lemon.

Jesus put it this way: A house built on the sand collapses when the storms come. But a house built on solid rock stands even through the storms.

This wisdom is needed throughout our life and relationships.

For instance, popularity is not the same as substance and value.

Being popular in high school doesn’t make you a good employee as an adult. Nor does being attractive make your opinions any more valuable than the average Joe.

In order to make a meaningful difference we must do the work necessary to contribute something of value. And things eventually collapse when we rely merely on looking good.

In the same way, a strong marriage requires us to actually do the work of marriage and not just maintain our picture perfect image as a couple.

To be sure, there’s nothing wrong with looking good and sweet sounding words. But these should not be confused with a solid and secure foundation.

We set ourselves up for much heartache and harm when we build our hope on a house of cards.

Taking the time to build on a solid foundation is the only way we can truly weather the storms of life and thrive.

Don’t settle for a house of cards. Build on a solid foundation.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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