Do you remember the story about the wise man and the foolish man? The wise man built his house upon a rock and the foolish man built his upon the sand. And when the rain came the wise man’s stood still, and the foolish man’s was washed away. The lesson from the story is that it is important to have a strong foundation. We can apply this to our lives in many ways.
Usually we cannot see the foundation of a house. It is typically hidden under the ground.
A small crack in the foundation may not seem to matter.
But without a good foundation the house will crumble.
This is how it is in our lives as well. Our foundation is built in our private lives.
On the first day of swim practice I walked into the pool and my coach had drawn this picture on the board. It’s an iceberg. Success is above the water(where people can see it), but under the water, what most people don’t see, are the things that matter most. Hours of practice, dedication, sacrifice, failures, good habits. I think that this iceberg can be applied to so many parts of our lives. When we work on the underwater activities, success will follow.
Private victories always precede public victories.
What do you think God cares more about? Your public life or your private life? Does he care more about how nice your car is and how many followers you have on Twitter? Or does he care that you are reading your scriptures, going to the temple, praying, etc.
In Helaman 5:12 says
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”
Remember that the little, seemingly unimportant things really do matter. They keep your foundation strong.