We often compare people to inanimate objects- like rocks, wind, and fire crackers- depending on the type of person you are. (Lug nuts).
Jesus told believers that they were candles and salt.
But regardless of personality type or spiritual affiliation, one thing that everyone can be described as is a bridge.
You, me, all of us are a bridge between those that have gone before, and those that come after. YOU are the link between your parents and grandparents, and your children and grandchildren.
That is how traditions and values are passed from generation to generation. It is a key factor in societal stability.
A good bridge will strengthen the links between generations. All the good things should be brought across the bridge. All bad things should be blocked from crossing.
What kind of bridge are you? Do you bring all the good things you can across? Do you actively stop all the bad things from making it over? Break bad cycles?
Some people have blocked off one side of the bridge. Sometimes that is necessary. Pray for wisdom to know if you should.
Some people have blocked both sides. Some have a treacherous hole in the middle.
Is your bridge safe and open?
Bridges are a part of every journey. One generation can follow the next down the good road. Raging waters and deep ravines can be traversed safely.
We are all a bridge, connecting our past with our future. Linking our families together, our parents with our children.
Bring every good thing across. Leave the junk behind. Always be open.
A bridge is a terrible thing to burn.
First published July 3, 2018