August 1, 2013
What "Ripples" Are You Leaving On Your Pond?
I’m writing to you from Scotland today. I am here with 3 of my 5 children, and we are traveling around Europe, learning about and experiencing the history. I want […]
I’m writing to you from Scotland today. I am here with 3 of my 5 children, and we are traveling around Europe, learning about and experiencing the history.
I want to share with you some of the insights we got from our time in Scotland. This trip is not just about taking a vacation; it is about exploring the culture and the history while discovering how we can use this newfound knowledge in our own lives.
I asked my son, Roman, what stands out to him the most about Scotland, and he said, "They have built things to last." This really is a very deep subject, and we all jumped on that statement and began to dissect it. We discussed what it means for something to be built to last.
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There are buildings here in Edinburgh, Scotland that are hundreds and hundreds (some even thousands) of years old. They have clearly been built to last.
I am first-generation American on my father’s side and second-generation American on my mother’s side. Our nation is so young, we have not yet had a chance to see what has been built to last. Compared to so many other places in the world, America is a baby country. We really don’t know what will last, especially when our Constitution is being challenged every day.
But you have to ask yourself what things do you have in your life that have been built to last? When you built things cheaply or you establish things in your family that are fleeting and have no meaning, they are not built to last. Today is a good day for you to evaluate this in your own life.
Marriages used to be built to last. Relationships are supposed to be built to last. Wealth should be built to last.
What do you have in your life that has been built to last? What thing in your life has a solid structure that will last through plagues, wars, fires, storms? What in your life will stand through the hard times, the pain, the disappointments and the suffering?
We only have a certain number of years in this life. What are you establishing that will stand long after you’re gone?
I’m looking around Scotland, and the castle is still here. So many of the age-old cathedrals are here. The streets and some of the homes are here. All of this was established long before any of us were on this earth. The history is all around us here. These things were built to last.
This is a really important thing for you to think about today. What are you building that is here to stay? What solid foundations are you creating, what structures are you building in your life that will stand through trials and earthquakes? What is in your life that will still be standing long after you leave this earth?
I would love to know your thoughts about today’s message. Please leave me a comment below and tell me about the things in your life that have been built to last. I can’t wait to read your comments!
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I hope you’re enjoying these messages from our educational adventure here in Europe. Come back tomorrow morning for another letter from somewhere else in the world!
In great faith,
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