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The world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa, opened in Dubai January 4, 2010.  At a staggering 2,717 feet tall, it is more than a half a mile high.  At that height, it easily overshadows the previously tallest building which stands in Taipei, Taiwan at only 1,671 feet tall and it is double the height of the renowned Empire State Building.

The structure accommodates 12,000 people.  The Burj Khalifa was built at a cost of $1.5 billion.  Once completed, it has captured several other world records.  Some of those include….

*Tallest man-made structure: (previously Warsaw radio mast – 2,121 ft).

*Building with most floors: 160 (previously Willis Tower – 108).

*Highest elevator and world’s fastest elevators (40 mph).

*First world’s tallest structure to include residential space.

*Highest outdoor observation deck (on the 124th floor).

*World’s highest mosque (located on the 158th floor).

*World’s highest swimming pool (76th floor).

While most attention focuses on its height, perhaps more important is what lies buried beneath the building. Without a solid foundation, the world’s tallest building would become the world’s longest pile of rubble. Extending 164 feet deep under the Burj Khalifa lies 58,900 cubic yards of concrete weighing over 120,000 tons. It took a year just to build the foundation. (Copied).

Life is built on principles that are constant and universally true. Whether one is building a building or building a life, the foundation will either secure the “structure” or create a cataclysmic fail.  When a person of notoriety suddenly is in a free fall from prominence, we use the words like “suddenly”, “out of the blue”, or “surprising” to describe the exposure of wrong doing and resignation. However, the fissures of character that caused the collapse had been there all of the time.

We have certain people that we love to admire because of so many attributes that have served them well in vaulting them to success.  Inside of most people is the desire to someday be “that person” that others want to emulate.  What the vast majority don’t realize is the insecurities, concerns, pressures, and fears that so many actors, musicians, politicians, business execs, or a host of other “stars” face continually.  Unless the fame and the fortunes that accompany such elevation is resting on a strong foundation of moral uprightness, the flaws at the “base” of one’s core will eventually bring down the life.

Supporting any truly great life is a solid foundation. A heralded career is built on foundational principles like dependability and hard work. A celebrated sixtieth wedding anniversary results from deep love and selflessness. Successful retirement depends on years of responsible money management.  (Copied).

Jesus said, “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” (Matthew 7:24-25).