Apprentice Life-Builders

Many problems in houses come from faulty foundations. If the foundation isn’t level, the whole house will never be level. If the foundation is cracked, the whole house will suffer. The foundation is the heart of the house.

Many homeowners don’t know that their foundation is poor. When problems arise in other areas of the house, they will repair those problems over and over again, trying in vain to restore integrity to a structure with patchwork or minor repairs. Once they find out, very few in our throw-away culture will make the investment of time, energy, and finances to restore or rebuild a new foundation. They will choose to live in a house that will eventually fall down around them, or they will spackle over the problems and sell them to some unsuspecting buyer – CAVEAT EMPTOR is the law of the day.

If you are painting or plastering over cracks in your life, please don’t convince yourself that they will not come back. THEY WILL. You cannot restore a broken life by hanging new moral drywall.

If you’ve covered up the problems and are hoping they’ll stay covered up long enough to sell out, please don’t believe that those problems will not follow you. THEY WILL. You can’t buy a new life with dirty money.

If you’ve given up on renovation, if you see all the cracks and leaks and slants and holes, but you also see no money in your checking account and DENIED on your loan application, you won’t believe this guy I know.

His name’s Josh, and he is expanding his father’s business. They build lives, you see. They buy your cracked and broken life, and start renovating it from the bottom up.

What do they buy it with? What do you get? Well, it is more of a trade. They take your life, and you get theirs. They’ve got this grand and awesome idea of the perfect neighborhood, where everyone knows each other, looks out for each other, takes care of each other. Everyone’s house is different, but everyone’s house is RIGHT, sound and level and true from basement to roofpeak.

Does it sound too good to be true? I know! It made my eyes bug out! What’s the catch, right?

You’ve got to join their Restoration Workshop. They don’t build the life for you, but they don’t just give you the blueprints and take off down the road, either. They show you every step, they model every technique. They have master builders who have been in the workshop for a long, long time, who will work with you all the way.

You become an apprentice life-builder. That’s the deal. You give up that old ramshackle house that you never knew how to fix anyway, and while you’re getting your new house, you learn how to help your neighbor’s house. What’s more, the workshop is so great, I bet your neighbor’d be interested in signing up, too! His plumbing’s a wreck, anyway!

How can I tell? I’ve been at the workshop for a while now. My wiring is shot, but Josh knows what’s really wrong, and when I watch him work on it, I learn how to spot what’s broken in other lives.

I used to try and fix it myself, but I always broke more than I fixed! I’m just an apprentice… but I know who can! Let’s get you signed up before a storm comes and washes your life away.

in HIS love,
Nick

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About Nick Gill

orphan-poet-adoptee-soldier-prodigal-servant-husband- counselor-desperate seeker after my Father's face "I feel my body weakened by the years as people turn to gods of cruel design. Is it that they fear the pain of death, or is it that they fear the joy of life?" - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Posted on 7 February, 2008, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. This is a nice string of analogies to provoke thought. Thanks

  2. That is beautiful.

  3. This is a fine piece of writing. Well done.

  4. Thank you, brothers… I’m working on letting this kind of hopefulness and innocence and excitement become the reality I live in.Nick

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