Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
I Tim. 6:18-19
A web designer I am not.
But I have learned some basic coding that has allowed me to customize some web sites and some blogs. It's a kick to play with colors, backgrounds, features and such, to create a virtual diorama, a stage on which to present thoughts and information.
But the practice of blog building is not without its challenges.
I've been in the process over the last couple of weeks of changing some elements on this blog, moving the furniture around, so to speak. And I thought that I had things arranged the way I wanted them, a few tweaks to the organization of this page.
Which was true.
Until I looked at the blog page on a different web browser, a different platform.
Upon which I discovered that my blog arrangement was markedly different than it appeared in the first web browser.
I quickly clicked into a third web browser and, lo and behold, my blog layout had yet a different look.
Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Google Chrome. Three different platforms, three different views.
So much of how we see the world and how it lays out before us is predicated on the platform of perspective we are using. If I think creation is all just a big accident, a whimsy of chemical combustion and inexplicably resulting life, the elements that make up the pieces of my life will take on a far different arrangement. If I believe that God is an angry, distant wizard, uncaring and uninvolved, that platform of belief will likewise change all the pages of my days, coloring my world with fear and keeping despair floating to the top.
But if my foundation is Christ, the elements on the pages of my life will be arranged according to the platform of joy, purpose and eternity. In the metaphorical blogs that each of us have, the pages of life that record our happiness and our pain, our achievements and our failures, the sunshine and the rain, we choose the platform, the browser through which we observe those experiences.
We don't always get to chose the elements that are sprinkled across the pages of our lives.
But we can determine where to place those experiences, what to keep in the spots that garner our attention. We can exercise the choice on where we will place the experiences of life and through what perspective we will view those events.
In so doing, we lay the foundation by which we walk out our lives.
Joy, purpose, eternity.
My platform, my foundation.