What lies beneath the surface

I have learned a lot about the building industry since embarking upon the project of building the new Early Learning Centre at Cedars.

This week I was excited to see the excavator and bulldozers on site carrying out the earth works. They say in the building industry that you will have a better understanding of the cost and the timing of your build once you ‘get out of the ground.’ What they are saying is, ‘we really don’t know what is hidden beneath the surface of the the earth and until we get a better understanding and view of what lies below, we can only estimate how long the project will take and how much it will cost.’

That got me thinking that there are similarities in our own lives. Until we have a look at and then deal with the issues that lie deep beneath the surface, we will never be able to reach our full potential.

Joyce Myers, a well know Christian speaker and author, puts it like this:

Your heart’s condition depends on the things you allow into your heart. These things form your thoughts and attitudes, and ultimately, shape the deepest part of your being. No matter what your circumstances (the outside) are, if your heart (the inside) is right, you’re going to be okay.

But if those ‘issues’ in our hearts go unattended, they will become deeply rooted and harder to deal with. The quicker we can detect a wrong heart condition and get it straightened out, the better off we are.

This week many of our students are on camps. These are exciting times to get outdoors, make new friends and stretch themselves through challenging situations. All of our camp programs involve a devotional or chapel service each day. These are great opportunities for our students to ‘look beneath the surface’ and examine their own hearts like Proverbs 4:23 says: “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”  We pray that God helps our students and each of us to work on those hidden issues beneath the surface so that we can move forward and reach our full potential.

I hope that as we focus on an exciting year of growth in many different areas and as we watch our new ELC go up before our eyes, that we consider all the stages of development.  For now, let’s look at and deal with what lies beneath the surface.