We all have opportunities to build bridges or to build walls. I don’t necessarily mean literally building bridges or building walls though they do make good metaphors. The relationships we have with those around us are to be cultivated. It isn’t something that one just has. It takes work and effort to develop and maintain friendships and relationships.
It is hard work to build bridges. It takes a lot of effort and dilligence to lay brick by brick the foundation for building bridges. And the thing with friendships and relationships is that it can’t be a one way street. It has to work both ways. Unfortunately, sometimes the other person may build a wall up instead of build a bridge. They may hurt you with their words and actions. This in turn will may you want to build a wall instead of a bridge not just to the one who built a wall up to you but to those who are building bridges as well.
I know I’ve built my fair share of bridges and I’ve built my fair share of walls. It’s hard to build bridges and it’s hard to maintain bridges, especially when people build up walls. It’s very hard to tear down walls and build a bridge instead. But that’s where Jesus comes into the picture. He gives us the strength to build those bridges and He can tear down the walls that we build up. We may think those walls protect us but in reality they just shut us out from everything and do more damage to ourselves and others than good.
The older I get, the more I understand this. We all have bricks and we all have a choice. We can either use those bricks to build bridges or build walls. I can’t control how others will use their bricks. But I can control what I do with mine. And even if someone builds a wall to me, that doesn’t mean I should turn around and build a wall as well. I need to keep building bridges.
I want to show Christ’s love and build bridges instead of walls and I hope that you will do the same too.