Wise Man Builds……
This is it! What a moment! No mess-ups, blemishes, “attitudes”, or blow-ups. No smudges, stains, or regrets….yet. This is the pristine “first day” of a brand new year! How radiant are its borders! How bright are its promises! How challenging the purity of the page to begin to write what will be 2016’s log. So much we resolve to do. So many things we hope to do. So many dreams we plan to do. So, here it is….use it well.
One of the things that we face personally, socially, nationally, and globally is learning to live together truly loving one another. It is easy to love the kind, gracious, and compassionate. It is genuine work to love the wicked, vile, and belligerent. What we need are peace-makers “for they shall be called the Children of God”! Where do you find those that can love as Jesus loved to the point of “blessing those that curse you, pray for those that despitefully use you”?
Once upon a time two brothers shared adjoining farms. For over 40 years of they worked side by side, sharing equipment and helping each other out whenever needed. Then one day a rift developed. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by months of angry silence.
One day the eldest brother, Pete, was out in his fields when a pick-up truck pulled up. Out jumped a man who approached Pete carrying a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days of work” he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs I could do for you?”
“Well, yes I do,” said Peter. “See that creek down there, it’s the border between my brother’s farm and mine. My brother keeps it nice and deep to stop me from setting one foot on his beloved farm. Well I’ll oblige him. I want you to take that timber over there by the barn and build me a new fence, a real tall one, so I don’t have to look over at my stinkin’ brother and his farm no more.”
The carpenter was glad to have the work, “No worries mate. I understand. Just point me to your post-hole digger and I’ll get the job done.”
So the carpenter set about working. Meanwhile farmer Pete drove into town to the cattle auction. When he returned at sunset he was shocked to see what the carpenter had done.
There was no fence. Instead the carpenter had built a bridge and walking across it was Pete’s younger brother. He held out his hand and spoke to his brother, “Pete after all I’ve done to you these past few weeks I can’t believe you’d still reach out to me. You’re right. It’s time to bury the hatchet.”
The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge and embraced. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said farmer Pete. “I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have more bridges to build.” (copied). Happy 2016! Build wisely….the LORD is the building inspector!