Bridges

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

Insight

Each one of us finds ourselves on a bridge at some point in our journey. As we go through life and our days, we are building the bridge as we walk on it. Every situation in our lives is a bridge we can cross if we choose. But, more often than not, we resist taking another step and instead allow the unknown and the fear of meeting resistance to stop us in our tracks.

We begin to question the direction our bridge might take us. Where is this going to lead? How am I going to navigate my way? What lies on the other side? Should I cross this bridge? Is it even safe? Is this bridge the right bridge to cross?

All these questions cloud our perspective and prevent forward momentum. We settle for certainty and the illusion of control while missing out on the transformation that lies on the other side of the bridge. Often in life we don’t desire deep change because it can be hard, it can hurt, and it can ask us to move out of our comfy confines of status quo.

If we stay in this place, avoiding deep change and trying to maintain control, as individuals and as a church, it leads to something none of us wants – a slow death. What we do with our individual bridge matters to the overall influence we have as a community of believers.

Our individual transformation serves as the key to deep organizational change. When it comes to the life and vision of our church, we have to start with our own deep change. We do this by paying attention to our heart and our mind.

It’s easy to cruise through life and not notice what our heart is set on and where our mind tends to gravitate. If we take inventory of our heart and our mind, we set the direction for our lives. We experience deep change by walking on the bridges that we are building with ever-increasing integrity. 

However, it’s not enough to just walk and build the bridge. We have to verbally acknowledge the One who is doing the building through us. As we walk by grace and faith, we give glory to God. It is His Gospel and saving grace that must be a part of what we talk about all the time. Where our bridges are going are of minor importance. 

It’s not where the bridge is taking us, it’s how we build the bridge as we walk on it.

Reflection

  • It’s not where the bridge is taking us, it’s how we are building the bridge as we walk on it. Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What makes you answer in the way that you do?

Prayer

God, my tendency is to want every detail about the path before me to be laid out. Yet, You ask me to walk by faith. Regardless of the bridge before me, may I take each step fully confident that You are guiding my feet. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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