A Time To Build Up

For 20 years I’ve been putting this off. When Aleta and I moved into our house, it had a shared neighbor fence that was about 3 years old. It was done on the cheap by the homeowner before us who – lets just put it bluntly – should not have taken on the project. The fence wasn’t straight. The boards were loosely tacked together, and within a few years the thing started falling apart. Over the years, I just kept patching the fence together, putting a few screws here, and a piece of plywood there. When we actually had storms, and sections would come down, I would buy a few sticks of lumber to piece it all back together and prop the thing up. I just kept putting off the inevitable need to rebuild the whole thing. Finally today we’re tearing down the whole mess of a fence and rebuilding it!

As I’m watching the guys do their thing (I actually make enough money now that I can pay others to the job) that fence reminds me of me at times. Just like that wobbly fence, there are areas of my life that I just keep putting off, patching it together, waiting for some other time to deal with what I inevitably really need to address. But a day does arrive when you just have to tear it all down and start again. As Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 3 “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven . . . A time to tear down and a time to build up.” Here’s to a season for tearing down and building back up!

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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