How do we build good foundations? Part I

Jul 28 / Guntars Baikovs
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Think about the analogy of building a house.

What comes first?
The foundations. The thing about foundations is that they may not be the most exciting part to build. But the foundation is absolutely essential to the house. No foundation means no house – at least no house that would stand for a while.
There are two concepts that merge together in wonderful synergy to form our Wiseberg approach.
The first is ‘wisdom’, and the second is ‘worldviews’.

What is wisdom? How do we understand it?
As with many foundational questions, we Christians go to the very beginning: to the book of Genesis, Chapter 1.
Let’s briefly summarize what we learn from Genesis.

Genesis is where we first learn about God, and about His identity. He is the Creator.

What does that mean?
He speaks and He creates; He fashions and He orders; He establishes His good and wise design for His creation. We see it in creation, in the laws of nature, or of creation.

But we also see it in society, in the similarly deep principles (or laws, if you will) that govern everything. The same is true for our relationships. We can observe this wise design, and even test it.

When we do, we find that it is not something narrow or static. It is more like a set of dynamic and powerful principles at work. Biblically speaking, to know this wise design, to know these laws – these dynamic principles – and then to strive to live accordingly: that is true wisdom.

But if this is true – if such a thing as the Creator’s good and wise design exists – then what does it mean for you? How might you benefit from knowing it?

Here is a medical analogy. Testing your blood: how does it work?

You take the sample, and it contains so much data. But if you know the norm, or the ideal, and can compare your results to the ideal, then it is easy to see what is good and what is not so good – where you are healthy, and where you may have a problem.

The same is true when we think about God’s good and wise design for our lives. If you know the wise design, then you can easily assess, diagnose, and understand your life, or the life of anyone else, to see what is healthy and good, and what is missing. You can see what needs to be improved.

This is what this wisdom gives you. This is what this course and this whole project is about.

To be continued…

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