"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." Now it is obvious that if we are to construct a building, the first and most essential task is to dig a deep and solid foundation. Otherwise the structure will, over the course of time, crack and crumble--and eventually it will collapse.
So it is concerning the life we build for ourselves here on earth: if we choose to build upon the shifting sands of worldly values and deceptions, the temple that we built (for we are the temple of the Holy Spirit) will sooner or later fall apart--no matter how beautiful and imposing the structure may appear from the outside.
So our only sure and certain foundation in this ever changing world is our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. Even so, it behooves us to gather only the finest and most enduring materials to build with, arranging them together most carefully and harmoniously, because--as St. Paul reminds us--our work will one day be tested as though by fire. Especially must we strive to acquire all the virtues: patience, courage, humility, longsuffering, meekness, and--above all else--the gift of love in our hearts.
The truth is, if our foundation is Christ, we can easily walk with confidence across the raging and tumultuous sea of this temporal life with no fear of drowning. If only our faith is firm and deeply rooted, God will surely sustain us and lead us to the safe harbor of His heavenly Kingdom within His holy Church--the only Ark of Salvation.
It is essential, however, that we keep our minds and hearts focused on Jesus, ignoring the tumult of worldly distractions--which is, in the end, nothing more than sound and fury, signifying nothing. Otherwise we will--like St. Peter--begin to sink. But even then, we shall surely be saved if only we cry out from the depths of our hearts--as did the Holy Apostle--"Lord, save me!"