Lightweight Construction: A new hazard

In the fire service today, we are trained to understand the dangers of light weight construction’s performance under fire conditions. Because of our training, we know that despite a building’s strong appearance on the outside, we are fully aware of its structural weaknesses such as engineered lumber, gusset plates, I-Joists, and more. Many NIOSH reports testify to the great loss of life that has been suffered in this type of construction.
There components are lighter, cheaper, and allows the builder to complete the building faster. The building appears strong, but appearances can be deceiving.
Consider the application of ‘light-weight construction’ for our lives:
We must ask ourselves if our values and core beliefs are either built upon the solid rock of Christ or are they built without any foundation and tied together with weak and lightweight components that will fail under the fires of adversity.
“But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destructions was complete.” Luke 6: 48-49
We are called to build our lives upon the strong rock of Jesus Christ. I have found that in my own life, when I have tried to stand on my own strength without Jesus that I quickly collapsed as the torrents of life struck me down.  I also found that when my beliefs were questioned that I wavered and compromised my beliefs based upon social & political pressures. 
In the fire service, we can see the damage caused by those who shore up their reputations on light weight construction. They seldom train, read, or exercise. Yet they appear as if they are well built. We should all be cautious of individuals like this because their principles are like gusset plates and will fail at the first sign of fire. Consider the words of Jesus as we remember that our lives must match out words:
Jesus asks us “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?”
So let us consider whether or not our ‘spiritual houses’ are well built?
“As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words & put them into practice I will show you what they are like:
They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation upon the rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck the house but could not shake it, because it was well built.” (Luke 6:46-47).
So let us continue to insure that our houses are ‘well built’ and stay upon the unshakable rock of Jesus Christ.
God Bless,

Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries

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