~Five Minute Friday~

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. ~Romans 15: 1&2 NLT


I skirted the edges of last nights fmfparty hosted by Kate Motaung, hanging out long enough to make a connection with FistbumpMedia’s tech guru Dan King. My eyelids fell closed long before Kate shared the one word prompt.

Checking the time this morning I was shocked by the many news alerts crowding my phone.

The word of the day BUILD.

Build and all it encompasses, timely, after the atrocities committed this past week and again last night.

We have spent generations tearing one another down. Tearing down our country. Worse, tearing down our God. The very foundation we were built upon, fractured.

This is not a political post, discussion, or even my own opinion. It is merely a broken heart at how we treat one another, myself included. How easy it is to pass by the broken, the hungry, those different from us. Intolerant of varied and different opinions. We are all broken. We are all hungry. We are all needy.

Our time would be better spent building one another up. Speaking truth in love rather than harsh, judgmental words.

We are not going to all agree and truly we are not meant to. We are each created in our own unique way, with our own unique gifts, by The Creator, himself.

To not build one another up is to create divisiveness, nurturing an environment where discord grows and festers.

To build is to construct, assemble, and strengthen.

We cannot build one another up when we continue to tear down.

Gifts of Grace

Tammy Mashburn