Friday: 8th November, 2019
Romans 15:20 Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:
Whenever I have a new student to tutor, even though I would have received a contact report in advance giving me an idea of where they are in their learning and what areas they seek to improve, I still establish my own baseline at first personal contact. After doing so, I establish my own foundations by starting with five particular topic areas. It only after this that any further concepts are introduced.
My reason for this isn’t that I do not trust the initial assessment received, but that I believe building on an unknown foundation can have significant disadvantages. I also know that because foundations are necessary for any building to stand firm, it is important that one has an understanding of the existing foundation before building on it.
One may have plans for a mansion of glass, glitz and grandeur along with thorough risk assessment; but regardless of the nature of such an edifice, a weak foundation or one of unknown strength introduces a number of unknown risk factors into the build.
We therefore cannot underestimate the impact of not knowing that on which we build.
So whether it is commencing a new project or continuing an existing venture, make effort to understand the existing foundation or make firm plans for your new foundation. The longevity of your build will depend on this.