Leaning Tower of Pisa

In a town in Tuscany, Italy, some folks decided that they needed a new bell tower for their church. The church was big and beautiful and it needed a tower to match. So they hired a good architect and he designed a magnificent tower.

"We'll build it of solid marble," the architect announced to the building committee. "We'll build it 179 feet high so people can see it everywhere in the city. We'll build the walls 13 feet thick at the bottom so that it will stand forever."

The building committee congratulated their architect. They couldn't wait for construction to begin. Their bell tower would be the envy of every church in the country. The workmen began to build the tower, cutting the stone with expert skill and putting each piece in place, all according to the architect's specifications. Everything seemed to be going smoothly, when someone on the building committee stopped by to look at the progress of the tower. It was going up, but it wasn't going up straight. 

The architect had made a mistake. The foundation wasn't deep enough and the ground underneath wasn't firm enough. So the bell tower in Pisa, Italy began to lean. Today we even call it the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Each year it leans a little more. Eventually, the tower will crumble to the ground. Engineers have suggested only one viable means of saving the tower: taking it apart and putting it back together on a new foundation.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has a foundation problem. But a man who tries to build a life on a foundation other than Jesus Christ has an even bigger problem.

What foundation are you building your life on?

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!

Suggested Bible Reading

Matthew 7:24-29

Prayer Guide

Today as you pray …

Consider the temptation to not build your life on the foundation of Christ.

Think about how God’s grace has helped you even when your life’s circumstances were crooked.

Ask God to strengthen you by His Word and Spirit to set you upon a firm foundation.