Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.—James Dobson
Foundations come in several designs: conventional, slab, basement…footers are important also. If a building is going to be tall, then the footers must be deep. The materials used must be high quality and the workmanship professional if the structure is going to last. A good foundation is essential to a safe, secure, long-lasting dwelling.
Of course, these are all for physical structures that will house people, animals and things. But what about governments, institutions, and most importantly, lives? Solid foundations will stand the test of time for them, also. Christian values, respect, and godly character all undergird the most worthy parts of society and the most admirable lives.
Founding French Camp
The dedicated Christians who founded French Camp Academy placed highest priority on spiritual growth and character development. They wisely affirmed the authority and reliability of the Bible as God’s Word. Their commitment, as ours is today, was to Christ, His kingdom and serving the young people He sends our way.
Many young people come to FCA with cracks in the foundations of their young lives. We search them out, assess the damage, repair it or start over. Sometimes their whole family is fractured and needs attention to become whole again. As we minister to families, we offer a safe, secure, place for young people to be lovingly directed in how to live successfully.
The Foolish and The Wise
The scriptures give us many instructions on foundations. One of the most familiar is about the wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27:
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Christ’s words are as true now as they were when He first spoke them. In them we find the wisdom needed to guide us through the tough issues some of our students bring with them. Without the foundation of God’s Word, FCA would not be able to give the counsel they need.
Value of a Good Foundation
What are some of the values for successful living? The world can teach good ethics such as honesty, promptness, loyalty, healthy lifestyles, and safety. However, the foundation the world lays is faulty and these good qualities fall apart when shaken by life’s earthquakes. What is truly necessary for a solid, productive future is a foundation on absolute truth, which is God’s Word.
Truth takes us beyond this present world and simply living to be successful here. It points us to the real reason for our being—we are laying a foundation for eternity. What will we do for eternity? is the real question.
A True Foundation
At French Camp Academy, we are laying a solid foundation in Christ. We start by living compassionate, transparent lives. Sharing our struggles and the solutions from God’s Word directs them in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6).
Teaching God’s Word in the home, school, church and at work shows the value of His wisdom in all of life’s arenas. Scripture memorized today will be meditated on in the future. Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will use these verses to build a foundation in Christ for our young people.
The Chief Cornerstone
The purpose Satan has for us is to steal, kill and destroy. The purpose of God through Christ Jesus is to give life, founded on faith that stands on the bedrock of truth, and builds us into a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
God directed Isaiah to write:
So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. Isaiah 28:16
A dwelling place that is safe, secure, solid and tested, built on the only trustworthy foundation, Jesus Christ—this is what we offer to our young people. Our hope and prayer is for their successful living now and for eternity; that they will be so secure in Christ that nothing can shake their foundation.