February 8, 2016

Dig Deep, Build Big


The height of your future may depend on how deep you are willing to dig.

I’m fascinated by creators. People who make stuff, people who build things, people who restore old things, all of those kinds of creators fascinate me because they have a vision of what they think something could and should look like. It doesn’t stop with vision, they go out there and build it. Let’s take skyscrapers for instance. The idea of skyscrapers started out in the mid 1800’s. In 1931 The Empire State Building was built. It was the first building to be over 100 stories high until 1978. The interesting thing about skyscrapers is the foundation in which they are built. The Empire State Building has a foundation of over 55 feet deep. Some foundations of skyscrapers can be over 150 feet deep depending on the conditions of the soil surrounding it. The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world at over 2,700 feet with a foundation of 165 feet deep! It seems the higher want to go the deeper you have to prepare.

Preparation always precedes advancement.

Digging deep is important for us to build big. Usually the depth of our past is an indicator to the height of our future. It’s important for us to dig deep into our past and figure out why we behave the way we do. We can’t live there, we shouldn’t live there but it’s important to identify certain experiences that have shaped some of our outlook on life.

Beyond digging deep into our past we have to dig deep into our purpose. Recently I had to deconstruct what I felt called to as a pastor and minister. It was an eye-opening experience but it actually galvanized my resolve and my purpose. I know more than ever what I’m called to. It’s important to ask yourself tough questions. Digging deep is the key to building big.

The next time you see a skyscraper think about the foundation, think about how deep the foundation goes. When we dig deep we can build big!

One Comment

  1. Johnny
    February 9, 2016 at 8:46 am

    Good stuff Ashley…appreciate your dedication to your journal blogs…many blessings to your work.

  2. DS
    February 9, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Great stuff. Thank you.

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