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Summary: Mothers are the foundation of the home. See if you agree.

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The Foundation of the Home

Matthew 7:24-29

One of the greatest masterpieces of human engineering is the Golden Gate Bridge. That is not my own assessment because I have never been privileged to see it. It is the opinion of those more knowledgeable than myself... architects, engineers, mathematician, physicists, etc. In fact, one knowledgeable scientist, Earl Palmer wrote a book, "The Enormous Exception", in which he wrote, "It is built to sway (up and down 10 feet and from side to side 22 feet} at the center of its one-mile suspension span. The secret to its durability is its flexibility that enables this sway, but that is not all. By design, every part of the bridge- its concrete roadway, its steel railings, its cross beams, -is inevitably related from one welded joint to the other up through the vast cable system to two great towers and two great land anchors. The towers bear most of the weight, and they are deeply imbedded into the rock foundation beneath the sea. In other words, the bridge is totally preoccupied with its foundation. This is the secret! Flexibility and foundation."

I believe that if any two words define the secret to the duration of the family it is these... FLEXIBILITY AND FOUNDATION.

FLEXIBILITY

We live in a changing world... things are not like they were when our parents grew up.

We can not hold onto the way of the 50’s… when women stayed home to raise kids, kids said "yes maam" and "no maam", divorce was seldom heard of, children respected teachers, fathers were respected and admired, drugs and shootings only happened somewhere else, the church was the center of the community and the place for social gatherings.

As much as I believe that was a better environment for raising kids and building homes.... we can never go back to it.

The future, in many ways, looks very bleak.... the average child loses his/her virginity at 13, 6 of 10 marriages ends in divorce, 6 of 10 families is headed by single female, blended families is becoming the norm, the average person will be married multiple times, 3 or 4 out of 10 attends church, youth suicides are skyrocketing, fewer and fewer women can stay home to raise kids even if they desire to, kids are being raised by third parties.{strangers}, drugs on the increase, youth crime, even violent crime, is skyrocketing; 2 or 3 marriages in 10 is "HAPPY", Christianity is belittled and berated by the media, kids learn about sex, love, masculinity, femininity, morality, form television, movies and music.

Oh, that we could return to the 40’s and 5o’s... BUT WE CAN’T.

The family situation, the society situation, the moral fabric of our nation are all changing.

If the family is to avoid extinction, to continue to exist it must be FLEXIBLE.

It must find ways to adapt to the changes without compromising what is important.

It must find new ways to respond to the new temptations, fads, and other outside influences.

And I believe it can... the family is, perhaps, the most resilient and adaptable of all institutions. It has outlasted them all.


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