Bridge builders are concerned with building. Building to perfection. Building with purpose. Building with precision. They build bridges to get to the other side. They are destination obsessed. So they build. They are so gap averse that the very existence of the nothingness that separates the place “here” from the place “there” is anathema to their souls. They become consumed with bringing together heretofore-divided places and peoples and opportunities. They are peddlers of hope!
Of a hope that cannot be realized without a coming together of two sides.
Of a hope that transcends the nothingness of the demonic chasm which separates side from side and person from person and nation from nation and race from race and man from woman and clappers from meditators and blue colors from white collars and democrats from republicans and liberals from conservatives and progressives from traditionalists and even Starbucks from Coffee Bean!
Of a hope that says whatever stands between us is only real because of the myths we believe in order to assuage our impoverished prejudices and because of the lies we romance and massage because of our uncomfortableness with the fact that our presuppositions are only alive because we are more comfortable believing we are better off divided than we are unified.
So I say, peddle on hope givers;
- Be like Abraham in Romans 4:18, In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”
- Be encouraged like Paul who said in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
- Be like Peter in 1Pet. 3:15, “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
- Consider the hope that is in you, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
So here we stand as one peddlers of hope and bridge builders. Here we stand believing in the hope that is in Jesus Christ! Let us then build to perfection. Let us build with purpose. Let us build with precision. Let us build bridges to get to the other side. For yes, we ARE destination obsessed. We will build, and we will build BRIDGES… TOGETHER… The other side, well its just on the other side.
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