Brick Layer

I’ve got a friend who is a brick layer.  If you’ve got a wall to build, he’s the kind of fellow you want to hire.  He’s got a team of guys who work for him.  If he arrives at the job site and sees a brick out of place on the bottom of the wall, he makes them tear the wall down, fix the brick, and build the wall over. It will only be right at the top if it’s right at the bottom.

Relationships are like that.  Only trouble is, once the foundation layer is placed and the relationship builds, there’s no way to go back in time and rescue that brick that was misplaced.  Everything from there on out is off-kilter.  Adjustments can be made later on to make it work, but how much simpler it is to make sure the foundation is solid before the wall is built.

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6 Comments

  1. Holding On

     /  January 30, 2012

    Only forgiveness thru Christ makes the wall straight again. If your foundation is built on Christ then forgiveness will be the morter that holds the bricks straight. Great visual…loved it.

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    • Oh so true! Seeing as how we are all humans here, we are certain to mess up the wall sooner or later in one way or another. Forgiveness must be the mortar. Thank you.

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  2. Teresa Thompson

     /  January 31, 2012

    Especially important message for young people. They are building their lives around a network of friends. They must make sure each friend they get close to will contribute to the person they are becoming. Great analogy with the bricklaying!

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    • True, it applies not just to the growth of one relationship but to the growth of one person through many relationships. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. mommywritervkent

     /  February 1, 2012

    I have to agree. As one who was married very, very young… 16… I can only say, so true. Now, my hubby and I have been married for nearly 15 yrs now, but it has really been difficult at moments. If we would have had that foundation set right to begin with, we may have not had to go through some of the things we did. But, I am thankful we did go through them, because we wouldnt be where we are today if we hadnt… double edged sword 🙂 Great post!

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    • How many of us have felt that double-edged sword. You are commended for taking the effort to work through the challenges.

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