***This particular week, Chipper didn't send a mass email. Here is part of the email he sent his dad.***
The world is like an ocean shore. Regardless of the height of the tide, it ebbs and flows and crashes against us. It is so easy to get caught up in it and drown. With our feet on sand especially, we will lose our footing and experience the dragging sensation that comes from the Ocean. We will be tossed about, frantically searching for some foothold, and being contended to settle for temporary breaths of fresh air through temporary pleasures that give us a brief escape before being plunged back into the deep. But as it says in one of my favorite scriptures:
And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storms shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
We just need to build on a firm foundation. If we are built on a firm foundation, it does not mean the waves will not beat against us, but rather it means that we can hold strong... or perhaps we can be held by He who is strong. Be saved by he who is mighty to save. And that does not come merely by going to church, or by reading the scriptures or by praying every night. It is allowing those things to change us, change our state of mind and change our hearts.