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Three Meter Zone | JD's Bunker | Poetry | Chapel | American Journal



Paul Schneidmill


God is incomparable and unparalleled!


Initially, I didn’t have a clue regarding write to for this week’s Chapel submission.  The Bunker Director, Command Sergeant Major (retired) Pendry, wants the Chapel submission before or by Friday for each following week’s posting.  Therefore, to meet that deadline, I have to do as Mr. Miyagi told Daniel-san in “The Karate Kid” and “Start early.” 


While having breakfast in the Fort Belvoir Dining Facility (better known as the “Mess Hall” to all active duty and retired soldiers), I observed a television commercial for some company that was using the slogan, “Build to Last,” to promote their business practices and principles.


Between chews of my omelet, cream beef on biscuits, and potatoes, I inwardly rejoiced and said, “There it is God!  I thank you!”


“Build to Last.” 


As I thought about this statement, I received several images of seemingly well-constructed and fortified buildings/complexes being destroyed by a myriad of things (fire, natural disasters, etc.).  I also received images of houses being built so quickly (and somewhat carelessly as many are today) that little concern for them to remain habitably constant and firmly fixed in place for an indefinite period, was given during the building process.


To build, construct, or develop anything for the purpose of “lasting,” three main things are needed in my estimation; the right plan (thoroughly considered, examined, and researched), an excellent foundation, and the best materials.  To insure the plan is right, the “builder” must first introspectively consider his or her motive for building (Haggai 1:5, 7), conduct a thorough self-examination necessary to begin the building project (1 Corinthians 11:28, 2 Corinthians 13:5), and research the “Construction Manual” (John 5:39, Acts 17:10-11) for invaluable assistance in making the building to consist in a firm and unyielding fashion.  Following this critical and vital process, the builder can and should begin work on the only immoveable foundation known and available to man (Matthew 7:24-27, 1 Corinthians 3:11), and gather as much as needed from the best materials collection ever (a short list can be found in Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 6:13-17, Colossians 3:12-16, and 2 Peter 1:3-8).   


One of my two favorite ministers and servants of God, and a man whose birthday we celebrate nationally in America each third week of January, is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Dr. King must have known something about “building to last.”  He developed and initiated a plan to construct equality, fair treatment and respect for all of humanity; first in the U.S.A., and ultimately, the world.  The foundation he built on was indeed the person, example and teachings of Jesus Christ, and the “materials” he used was love, education, non-retaliation or revenge for injustices and wrongs received, and a persistence that refused to be denied, discouraged, or destroyed.


Many “things” he built and began to build are lasting, and even developing for the better in countless ways, almost 37 years after his death by assassination.


Life itself is about building. 


I’m not referring to careers or positions of prominence and popularity…those are temporary things associated to life that cannot be built to last. 


I’m referring to attributes within an individual’s life that can be constructed for constancy.  These being, character, compassion, dependability, faithfulness, integrity, reliability, resoluteness, trustworthiness, and a host of other Christ-like qualities that can last after they are built in a person, in the hearts and memories of others, long after the casket is lowered into the earth.  


I have the great privilege of being instrumental in “building” two lives within my home.  They are the children God has blessed me with and entrusted to my earthly care.  I’m working hard and to the best of my ability, with the information I have available (God’s Holy Word – the Bible), to “Build to Last.”


Pray for me.


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