How Plumb is your house?

A few days ago I was contacted by my brother, Gary, and informed of some very sad news.  The day after Thanksgiving, our sister Joyce had passed away earlier that morning.  How could she be dead? She is younger than me.  I just read an email from her a few days ago.  He must be mistaken….but he wasn’t.


My sister Joyce was my playmate during our childhood years.  She was only a year and a half younger than I and we always seemed to have some reason to play together.  Even as adults, our emails to one another seemed to have a playful air about them.  In one of her last emails she told me “You’re dad all over again.  I’m gonna keep saying that until you acknowledge it”.  I never did, but that statement made me feel good because I knew how much she loved our dad.


As I think about my sister, and have prayed about her life, and over her family, I keep getting the image of a “plumb-bob”.


Once again I go to our friends at Wikipedia;


A plumb-bob or a plummet is a weight with a pointed tip on the bottom that is suspended from a string and used as a vertical reference line.

This instrument has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians by bricklayers, masons, and carpenters to ensure that their constructions are “plumb”, or perfectly upright. It may also be used in surveying to sight a point on the ground that is not readily visible. Small plumb bobs are included in the kits of various instruments such as levels and theodolites. They are used to set the instrument exactly over a fixed datum marker, prior to taking fresh readings.


My father was a carpenter by trade, I remember as a child he often used a plumb-bob and a level to assure what he was building was square with the world, in other words, perfectly horizontal and vertical.  If it were not, the building would not be as strong as it should and it would not last as long as it should. Gravity itself would eventually pull down the structure.  Further, it would not fair well with the storms that would beat against it in the years that lay ahead.


Amos 7:7,8

The Lord was standing by a vertical wall, with a plumb line in His hand. And the Lord said to me, “What do you see, Amos?”…Then the Lord said, “Behold I am about to put a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel.”


In the passage above, God is using a plumb line against a wall he knew to be plumb (straight).   He is establishing a standard by which nations and people of nations are measured.  Included in those nations is the family unit.  God is measuring our family relationships by the same plumb line He is measuring our nation by.


In the marriage of Joyce and her husband Donnie, that line was no problem.  Donnie is a model husband and father to this day.  He was with Joyce when she passed and was with their children as they mourned for their mother.  His love for Joyce and his children shows in everything he does.


Likewise, Joyce’s relationship with her Father God was “perfectly upright” or plumb.  It is this knowledge that makes the loss of my sister easier to deal with.  She is plumb with God, what more can anyone ask.


Fathers, I ask you to examine your relationship with your family.  Can it stand the test of God’s plumb-bob?  If not, it is time to make some changes.  As in most cases, it usually doesn’t take a major reconstruction to bring a wall into plumb; it usually takes a little nudge or adjustment here or there.  You would be surprised about how little you need to do to change the whole tenor of your marriage.


As fathers we are required to hold the same standard God holds for nations.  We are to be upright in our thought, actions, and in our worship.  Our interactions with those inside our family and outside must not deviate from that line God has laid down.


If we start to examine ourselves now, we will find the changes we make in our lives have impact that will go on from this generation to the next.  God’s plumb line becomes a legacy that affects the family and ultimately the nation.


En servicio como padre



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