Summary: Instructions from Jesus on how to build your life - used on Sunday we honored our graduates
SPECIAL DAY: HONORING OF GRADUATES
TEXT: MATTHEW 7:24-29
TITLE: “DISCOVER HOW TO BUILD YOUR LIFE”
OPEN: A. In just a few short weeks, the Class of 2008 will be graduating
--We’re glad that each of you are here this morning and that we get the opportunity to honor your
1. You have had some wonderful experiences and will have some lasting memories of your time in
2. Just remember: You have only just begun to build your life
a. It’s important for you to know that the building process in nowhere close to being finished
b. You will spend the rest of your time here on earth continuing to build
c. It’s important that you know how to build your life
--These last twelve years and the next several years are extremely important because this is
where you lay the foundation for building your life
3. Know that this message is not just for you
a. No matter how old we are, we’re still building our lives
b. Each one of us needs to hear and implement the principles in the message this morning
B. Mt. 7:24-29 – “ ‘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.’ When Jesus had finished saying these things,
the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as
their teachers of the law.”
C. In 1174, the Italian architect Bonnano Pisano began wok on what would become his most
famous project: a separately standing bell tower for the Cathedral of the city of Pisa. The tower
was to be eight stories high. That’s 185 feet tall.
There was just one “little” problem: the builders quickly discovered that the soil was much
softer than they had anticipated, and the foundation was far too shallow to adequately hod the
structure. And sure enough, before long the whole structure had begun to tilt … and it continued to
tilt … until finally the architect and the builders realized that nothing could be done to make the
Leaning Tower of Pisa straight again.
It took 176 years to build the Tower of Pisa and during that time many things were done to try
and compensate for the tilt. The foundation was shored up. The upper levels were even built at an
angle to try to make the top of the tower look straight. Nothing worked. The tower has stood for
over 800 years but there are definitely problems.
Not too long ago, after having been closed for almost a dozen years, the Leaning Tower of Pisa
was finally reopened to the public. During that 12-year-closure, engineers completed a 25 million
dollar renovation project designed to stabilize the tower. They removed 110 tons of dirt, and
reduced its famous lean by about sixteen inches.