I sat in church yesterday and listened to the story of Nehemiah asking the King to allow him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah used his position and place to ask for permission to do the very thing he had been longing to do for months, rebuild the ruined walls of his beloved Jerusalem. His heart had hurt for the city and his people and now he had a chance to do something amazing that would eventually change the course of history.
I left church and had a major “Aha!” moment. Like literal walls around a city that secure it, we need people as part of the walls of our lives. Our spiritual walls are made of several components but people are a part of those walls. I realized this weekend that I have some pretty amazing people in my life who constantly encourage, reach out to me and sometimes ask those hard questions that challenge me.
Nehemiah reminds me of us. We need to make sure we are keeping the walls in our lives intact. Why? Because broken walls lead to broken people. When our walls are broken, bad things can get in and hurt us, mislead us and worse yet, our lives could be at stake.
So back to this weekend…
My parents and my brother and sister in law came to visit and help with some home projects. They are a part of our tribe of people who feed into our lives and encourage us, helping to “sure up” the walls of our lives.
As my dad painted shutters and my brother in law hung a back splash, I realized these selfless acts and giving of time are important parts of building the walls in our lives. I hope one day I can return the favor.
So, I am challenging everyone who read this (all 2 of you!) to invest in those around you. Help build the walls in the people you love so they can be strong enough to feed into the lives of others. Give your time, your talents, open the doors of your home, share a meal or just lend your ear. Your heart will never be the same, and maybe your kitchen will look different too. 😉
Here is a pic of the back splash in progress….
Enjoying family time after lots of hard work…Mawmaw and Pawpaw enjoying the view with M and E at the top of the natural bridge!
Resting on our hike with Uncle Mark…