By Sylvia Dickson
Building a house is not just about nailing together some boards, mortaring some brick, and voilá, you have a fabulous structure that will last for hundreds of years. You need a blueprint—a plan. The better your plan, the better your house.
When building lives, the story is the same. The better the plan, the better the outcome. God’s design for life is the best plan of all, and that is why we use it at French Camp Academy.
Our plan is the same one we’ve used for years. We tell the students about the love God has for His creation, including them. We show them God’s love through our lives. We teach them God’s Word so they can know God’s love in their own lives.
In a Nutshell
The plan starts in the Old Testament and is summarized in the New Testament by Christ: …’The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Mark 12:28-31).
God outlines what is needed to build successful lives throughout the Bible. What is that outline for satisfying, successful living? It begins in Genesis and carries all the way through Revelation. God draws His plan for us all through the Scriptures. In the Psalms we are continually encouraged to go to God to find the perfect design:
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD (Psalm 119:1).
How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word (Psalm 119:9).
The Great Architect
Jesus gave everything. He lived and died for our benefit. As He walked on the earth He taught us how to live blessed, satisfying, happy lives:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
The way to build a joyful life is to put Jesus first, Others second, and Yourself last, or so goes the old adage. As we do this and grow deeper in our Christian life, we see that God’s design is to take all our difficulties—whether poverty, sorrow, insecurity, or hunger—to build special lives made in His image.
Together We Build
Another part of God’s plan is for us to work together. He does not expect us to understand and carry through His design by ourselves. In order to build a solid, beautiful building, many craftsmen are needed, all working toward the same goal: fulfilling the Master Plan.
We are following God’s plan in restoring the old and making it new by working together to transform lives for His glory. His plan is long-term and takes years to complete, but we are doing our jobs to understand the plan, lay the foundation, frame the house, and complete the project. When it is all finished and we present it to Him, we hope to hear Him say, Well done, good and faithful servant…Come and share your master’s happiness! (Matthew 25:20-22).