Recently I took a week of vacation to work on the pole barn building we are erecting at our house. It’s coming along nicely, and I am looking forward to getting the steel roof and siding on so that I can work on the inside when the weather turns cold. I am so grateful, and feel so blessed by God for Lauri and I to have a wood shop and art studio — it has been a dream of ours for a long time.
As we have bored holes in the ground for the poles, framed the building out, set roof trusses and poured the concrete floor, I have been reminded yet again of the power in community. Actually, there is very little on this project so far that I could have accomplished by myself. Putting 18 foot posts in the ground, framing the walls with 16 foot boards, setting 26 foot long roof trusses that are 10 feet off of the ground, pouring 11 yards of concrete… these tasks all require more than just two hands.
We have had so many friends and family help us over the last month, and it has been such a blessing to us. Many hands have not only made the job possible, but also so much more enjoyable.
You know, the Holy Spirit wants to work in a similar fashion in our church — He really does. No… not build a shop… but He wants to gift and empower each person in our church so that we can help each other grow in our faith and impact the world around us. We are so much more effective when we work together toward the common goal of exalting Jesus Christ and spreading the Gospel.
The hope of our family is to complete the building and then enjoy it by using it to pursue our hobbies. And the hope for our church should be that we live out the Gospel message in all that we do and say. The challenge? Let’s keep our eye on the ball! Let’s refuse to be distracted by things that don’t really matter, and seek to advance the kingdom of Jesus… together. Because there is great power in TOGETHER!