I lived the majority of my life “for the world”. I cared only about what my friends and others at school thought about me; I didn’t even care what I thought about me. I cared about the things that I had, the clothes I wore, anything materialistic. This led to so much anxiety as I was trying to build my life on the opinions of others and of things of the world. I was exhausted, mentally and physically, from trying to keep up with the standards set by the world that were near impossible to meet. The anxiety I felt led me into a depression that I didn’t know was possible, that eventually brought me to the darkest day of my life; the day I decided I had had enough and that I couldn’t handle this life anymore.
I was far from God; I thought I was too far for Him to even reach me. After that dark day, I knew there was something missing in my life. I knew that I needed more. I had tried church before, but it never made sense to me. However, shortly after that dark day that I experienced, I got invited to a young adult’s group at a friend’s church. I was reluctant to go, but I did, and thank GOD that I did. That night, I heard the song “Build My Life: by Housefires, and the Lord spoke to me so clearly. A line in the song says, “I will build my life upon Your love, it is a firm foundation. I will put my trust in You alone and I will not be shaken.” and another that says “Open up my eyes in wonder”. And that is exactly what He did. At that moment, I heard God clearly tell me to surrender. To stop running from Him. To stop trying to build my life on the things of this world.
Matthew 7:24-27 says “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. 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. 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. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
If we try to build our lives on things of this world, like the house on the sand, things will crumble and fall. The world is imperfect and full of sin, and a foundation built on the world will only disappoint us and set us up for failure. We can’t survive on the “promises” of this world. However, Jesus is the solid rock that we can build our foundations on. Like in the passage, when storms hit our lives, if our foundation is built on the solid rock that is Jesus, we will be able to stand firm and get through.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to be building our lives on the Word and promises of God and not the world because look how quickly the world can fail us. We need to be praising God that He has given us ways to cope and handle these situations. We have a hope that the world does not, and we need to be spreading that hope to others.
Written by Catey Stover,
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