‘Building Bridges – Knock Down Walls‘

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The one thing about being a ‘No Ordinary Woman’ in the 21st Century is the consignment of roles we often find ourselves, having to try and live up to. The insurmountable amount of pressure, from other women, as well as, the influence of the world, is often dictated by comparison, popularity and social media ratings, that we languish in society’s idea – of the perfect woman, ‘who can do it all ’!

Constantly seeking, superfluous validation from our peers and chasing letters after our name, in an attempt to attain recognition from educational institutions, is a case in point! This also contributes to the wall-building, by the labelled bricks we have laid up in our hands. While we live in, gated mental secure zones, only peeping over the wall, to see if there are any threats to our empire. In the form of an unassuming sister- your {public enemy 1} who you perceive may do, look better, or have grander ambitions than you.

How Sad…

Competition ~ Comparison ~ Worldly-Ambition ~ Material Wealth ~ Lovers of Money ~ Status

These labels can keep us in a form of bondage, which is not rooted in selflessness, but more-so, in single-mindedness, benefitting our own aims and our own gains. To believers, there’s a fine line between ‘Thee Purpose’ and ‘Our Own’.  Inasmuch as building bridges, it’s a way to connect ‘No Ordinary Woman’   who can happily cross over the threshold and be embraced by a genuine group of bridge- builders, who understands their journey. Women need Women for encouragement, emotional support, prayer and friendship. Think of the deep and affectionate relationship between Ruth and Naomi! {Ruth 1:16-17}

When honest dialogue is communicated and we let down our guard, just like the walls that represents self –seeking and selfishness, those walls, will inevitably come tumbling down. So, on the other-hand, the ‘bridge ‘defines compassion, kindness and one of care and concern.  In a time when the movement of women’s rights, unequal pay and narcissism rules the media, with vengeance and women feel the need to, boastfully expose elements of themselves and their lives daily, for public consumption, ridicule or affirmation……

However, the bible encourages us to get back to basics, realigning the importance of what truly matters.

 1 Thessalonians 5:11

‘Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing’. Are we doing this?

Hebrews 10:24-25

‘ And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.’  We should be doing this!

So for that reason, building –bridges is an inspirational calling for ‘No Ordinary Women,’ it’s a way of thinking – a product of sincere associations and justifiably so! The building of walls simply signifies, keeping others out and protecting ‘what’s yours’. Never allowing for others to get close, or benefit from shared experiences, that can empower and encourage growth for them too.

‘No Ordinary Woman’ CAN survive in a nourishing environment, but only when she decides to ‘knock down walls’ and ‘build bridges’ instead.

 

Written by Petula Hippolyte©

 

 

 

 

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