Growing up in the metropolis of Nolan, West Virginia I learned many valuable lessons. One of the most important lessons I learned was the importance of a foundation.
The word “foundation” means many things to different people. If I ask my teenage daughter about foundation she would explain that it is makeup-the first layer applied to the skin. If I ask my contractor about the word foundation, he would explain how they dig pre-planned ditches and fill them with concrete, with the technical term “footer”. Yet again I ask a large family how they have stayed close over so many years, for so many families do not stay close or even in touch. You find that there is usually a family member that serves as a foundation and the rest of the family is drawn in, for they all want to be around the foundation. I have watched many close families fall apart after the “foundation” of the family passes on.
So many different uses of the term Foundation. I went to school at Nolan Grade School in Nolan, West Virginia. I love to sit and reminisce about those warm summer days spent on the playground playing kickball. For our group of kids it as well have been the World Series, heck, even the World Series could not compete with the epic kickball games that were played and settled on the playground of Nolan Grade School.
As I was growing up Nolan Grade School was the foundation of the community. The community would play basketball on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. On any given Sunday you could drive down to the school and see half of the community there fellow-shipping, sharing water, fathers teaching children how to play ball, etc… Community meetings were held in the school cafeteria and school rooms that were available. Again, Nolan Grade School was home of the Hornets and was the foundation of the community.
A few weeks ago, another important part of Nolan’s history completed work on the new school. How wonderful! I know most readers can reminisce regarding their grade school and community and the importance the school served. The other important foundation regarding Nolan is Nolan Freewill Baptist. This church has been a steady hand in Nolan as we watched houses disappear due to floods and interstate highways. Nolan FWB set next to Nolan Grade School. The church was able to secure the property and thus began the dream of a Christian School at Nolan. A NEW NOLAN SCHOOL! Work began last year and it officially opened this week. One unique detail regarding the new school is that the engineers found part of the original foundation of Nolan Grade School, which had been torn down years ago. The Nolan Freewill Baptist should be commended for their devotion not only to Christ but also to their community.
Several weeks ago my son asked me if he could go to the Nolan Christian Academy. I blurted out with jubilation, yes, yes, yes! For a good half hour I began to share some of my experiences at Nolan Grade School and I was proud that he wanted to attend there.
The word foundation has so many connotations, as we have discussed. But the best foundation I could share with you today is Jesus Christ. Scripture teaches us that the wicked are sat on a slippery rock. Think about out walking on a cold January morning after a snow, with a temperature of about 10 degrees. Most of us have slid on ice like that and there was no catching ourselves to prevent the fall. But when we build our foundation on God by allowing Christ Jesus to be our savior, our foundation becomes sure. The safest place I have ever stood.
Many blessings to you all and “see” you next week!