Did you ever think that perhaps our heavenly Father would like us to become bridge builders?
Bridge Builders you may ask?
Wouldn’t this would require me to become and architect or an engineer.
Yes this may be the case if the bridges God desires we build were made of steel and mortar. However the bridges that our Father would like us to construct are perhaps invisible bridges that span the distance from our heart to another heart.
At a point in my life when I spent many hours alone in the woods each day getting quiet and listening for my inner voice, the thought occurred to me to begin to learn how to build bridges to the hearts of others in my sphere of life.
What did this mean? How do I build an invisible bridge from one heart to another?
The answer came as I began to listen to what others had to say and I discovered that people have a lot to say about their favorite subject. . themselves.
I learned that in order to construct a “Heart Bridge” I had to become genuinely interested in what others had to say about themselves instead of pushing my agenda onto them.
After awhile I began to notice more and more people that I listened to eventually became interested in me and what I had to tell them about me.
Slowly but surely these invisible bridges began to materialize into conversations of the heart between me and another person.
One of those individuals was a young woman from India who was in my English Composition class at the local Community College I was attending.
She came up to me one day and said that she would like to become my friend. With this she began telling about herself and where she was from and that she was a Hindu.
Then she asked if i was a Christian? I responded by telling her that I was a follower of Jesus Christ. She immediately looked me in the eye and sternly said, “Do not try to talk me out of my God like many missionaries in India have tried to do!”
I said, “Salli I would never do that! In fact I am happy for you that you have a God.”
Over the next year the bridge to her heart was built and I was able to learn so many things about her and her religion and culture. She also learned about how I was not a religious or denominational Christian, but simply a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Other friendships that resulted in “Heart Bridges” being built were with students and teachers who are Jews, Muslims and avowed atheists. All of these became friends where we shared with one another what we believed and why.
Building a “Heart Bridge” may take some time and effort but it is time and effort well invested.
When we become “Heart Bridge” builders we are making it available for that other person to be linked to our heart and perhaps maybe someday they will cross over the bridge and find something they never expected to discover.