Seventh Journal Entry — Building Our Home in Mexico


Some pillars have been poured for our house. Marco, our builder, purchased some giant cardboard tubes, placed them over lengths of re-bar that had been wired together and attached to a square foundation of re-bar. They then mixed concrete and, one wheelbarrow at time, filled each form. After a day or so of curing, the cardboard forms were peeled away and, whoa-la, we have our pillars! Ten have been poured to hold up the roof and 12 more will be poured to give additional support to the roof and to give the walls of the house strength. That’s 22 pillars in all to support a house of only 736 square feet. Of course the roof is made of concrete ten centimeters thick (about four inches) and that’s a lot of weight.


Each pillar will do its job, but it won’t be carrying the whole load. The support of the house is distributed among all 22 pillars. It’s a group effort.

We’re all to be pillar people. Each of us is called upon by the Lord to be supportive of those He’s placed around us. Yes, each of us carries a weight of responsibility, but not the entire weight! I sometimes have had to remind myself that God has called me to come alongside people and be a help and a support, but that it doesn’t all depend on me. None of us can do it all, just our part. In His divine providence God will bring other people into the situation to do their part. We’re just called to do our part, to be a pillar person!


The apostle Paul had pillar people in his life. He wrote, “James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me.” (Galatians 2:9)


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