When we’re young we build for fun. We build to understand our world. We build because we’re wired to create.
As time goes by, we leave childhood and our building habits change a bit. Sometimes we feel good about what we’ve created. And sometimes we worry if what we’ve built will be acceptable, sustainable – or have lasting worth.
The bricks that make up our life vary in size – each having its own significance. They contain stories representing who we are and where we’ve been.
Dare I say – it’s not as important what we build, as it is what we choose to build with.
Children don’t need mortar for their creations. They live in the moment of their task. They build – they tear down and then create again. In their creating, they are shaped.
The mortar we choose to build with is important. It can turn what was meant to be temporary into a fortress – sometimes holding us hostage for a lifetime. The wrong mortar can be a misguided sense of self worth or fear – it can be the love of money, possessions or unhealthy habits.
Children are here to remind us of our temporary status as builders. We will eventually end where we began.
How God must smile as he watches us. We plan, we construct and we work so hard. Then one day – eventually, we will each come to understand he was the planner and builder all along.
May we be mindful of our choices as we build.
May we choose the eternal substance of humility, grace and love to hold our bricks in place.
And may we be challenged with the awareness of his divine plan for our life.
“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10