I have been thinking a lot about the walls we all build around ourselves and our hearts. We build walls for all kinds of reasons, for protection, to hide, to exclude others, but I think most of these reasons boil down to fear – we build walls because we are afraid.
It is interesting when you come up against someones wall, it usually appears to be quite strong, tall and unable to be breached, but I think most of these walls are not set on firm foundations. They are built quickly out of fear and as times passes openings appear at the bottom. These openings are small and initially hidden, but are easily spotted by those near the ground. They are the perfect size for a sly serpent to crawl under and continue feeding the fears, or for a humble heart to crawl under and dispel the fears with the light of truth that shines forth from humble heart.
This is not new information, but oh how important it is – we should revisit it often and remember to humble ourselves.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
Circles are everywhere. Our lives are filled with both figurative and physical circles. We see them in nature, we see them in actions and re-actions and we experience them physically around tables, in meetings, and during circle time as children.
We include people when we are willing to expand our circles, but we can just as easily exclude others by refusing to expand our circle for new arrivals.
My sister wrote a blog that I loved last year, Is it a pie or a triangle?. The conversation we had regarding this blog stands out clearly in my mind as a moment in my life when I finally started to scratch the surface in my personal understanding of Jesus and what He did for me.
Ever since this conversation, I have thought of God as a large circle that we are all held within. I then picture all of us as small circles within the God’s large circle. Some of our circles are bigger and some of our circles are smaller and some of them overlap. The bigger ones represent those who have accepted or included more people, and the smaller ones have accepted or included fewer people.
I don’t think heaven or paradise is possible without everyone and unfortunately we are the ones imposing limitations and building walls within God’s beautiful, all-inclusive circle by excluding others.
Pray for everyone, try to empathize with everyone…
Empathy will lead to forgiveness, and forgiveness will lead to love.
OUR best life doesn’t work unless everyone is included!
I pray and dream for OUR best life for everyone, everyday! I hope you do too… together we can expand our circles!