I got to thinking about this text in St. Luke's gospel: I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.
When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.
The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (Luke 6:47-49)
The way I see it, you and I have two choices: dig deeply or cut corners. But digging deeply requires time and perseverance. That's why it's hard work. Cutting corners requires little time or perseverance. That's why it's easy.
But when storms blow across our lives, I know the foundation I'd rather have.