Build by First Descending

January 30, 2020 pwm1

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

—Saint Augustine (Image Licensed)

We begin by designing the grand plan, the blueprint of what we are to have, or build, or become. With excitement we set forth. To launch our noble undertaking, however, we must first descend into the abyss. We look ahead and see only the multitude of details which must first be completed; the actual work which will ultimately result in our success. 

Most of us will become so mired in the morass that we lose sight of the grand objective we set for ourselves. In frustration, and unwilling to do the work, we chart another path.

Some of us, however, understand that with each mundane task we are laying another brick in the foundation of our tower. We work cheerfully, day in and day out, to complete each task. One day, we look up to catch our breath, and we suddenly realize that our tower has pierced the clouds. With humility, we thank God for the fortitude that kept us moving forward. 

—Mike Hazell

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