The NFL free agency period officially starts today, and deals are already being made left and right. Well-known players are leaving their former teams to sign somewhere else, and other key players are re-signing and not going anywhere. 

The job of an NFL GM is fascinating. By getting a taste of it from Fantasy Football and the Madden video game (okay, maybe not!), I respect how difficult it must be. The key for a GM’s success is deciding who to build the team around and making sure to establish the right foundation. 

We know the Patriots have had success because they developed their team around Tom Brady year after year. When a team has a cornerstone like him, it’s easier for everyone else to fall into place. Most teams try to figure out who their mainstay will be, so the team can be built up around him. 

Usually a team looks to have their cornerstones at quarterback, middle linebacker, and one guy from each of the offensive and defensive lines. If these positions are strong, a team typically builds a solid foundation that can withstand challenges and really grow. 

As we think about teams making free agency decisions based on their foundation, let’s also consider how this translates to our own lives. Is our life built on a solid or shaky foundation? What or who is our cornerstone? 

Are we making temporary or eternal decisions? Are we building a life based on worldly accomplishments and pleasures that don’t last…or are we trusting Jesus Christ as our everlasting cornerstone? 

Jesus explains this concept in Matthew 7:24-27 (ESV): “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.

“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 

Today, let’s take an honest look at our lives to determine what foundation we want our lives built. I hope we choose to stand on God’s Word, His will, and His love…and remember Jesus is the cornerstone who gets us through the storms of life. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, please help me evaluate my life and reveal to me where I’m building a shaky foundation. I pray that my decisions and my trust would be centered around Jesus, so that I can have a strong foundation and withstand the challenges that are sure to come my way. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.