Digging Foundations for Large Buildings

Digging Foundations for Large Buildings

What's underneath the towering skyscrapers of New York City? Rock, of course. Nothing else would hold up such structures.

Just how these buildings are put up is a fascinating story in itself. For truth is always more interesting than fiction. And often more unbelievable.

When a contractor signs a contract to erect one of these tall buildings, he calls in a specialist firm that specializes in constructing foundations. What does he do? Why, he puts in the foundation, then turns the job back over to the original contractor, who will build everything above the ground level.

The foundation contractor goes by very carefully drawn plans. How many pounds will this beam bear? What stress will such and such concrete pile take? What proportions of sand, water, and cement must be mixed into the concrete? How deep at such-and-such a spot must he drill before he strikes bedrock? Nothing less will bear the millions of pounds of steel and stone soaring forty, fifty, and sixty stories high.

The answers to all these and hundreds of other questions are in the blueprints and specifications drawn up by the architects who planned the building. Each rivet, each piling hole, each steel beam, each plate, girder, and brace have been carefully planned.

Such is the building of skyscraper foundations. Nothing is left to chance. For a towering building demands a strong substructure on which to stand.

We can learn lasting lessons from these foundation-builders. For, like a beautiful, strong building, which resists the winds and rains, a strong Christian life demands a good foundation.

One of Jesus' greatest parables is the story of two men who built houses—one on sand and the other on rock. Needless to say, the first collapsed when the winds came and the rains fell, while the second stood as sturdy as the rock underneath.

An adult life can be no stronger than the foundation laid in the days of youth. If you are thrifty, industrious, unselfish, helpful, worshipful, and kind now—you'll probably be just that kind of person thirty years or fifty years hence. The opposite is true. If you are rude, inconsiderate, ungrateful, and self-seeking now, the chances are that you'll be a very unattractive person in middle age.

Yes, we can change later. But it's awfully hard to change your character when you're grown. The worst of it is—the older you get, the surer you become that you don't need to change. Now, this minute, this day, this week—is the time to build your life's foundation.

How many men wish they could establish new habits of work. But years and years of the wrong habits can't be easily changed. Now is the time to build that strong, Christian, attractive personality you want to be some day. Build a strong foundation and the building will somehow take care of itself. Believe it or not, that's the truth.

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