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Building Walls (and Doors)

posted Apr 11, 2018, 4:55 PM by Nathanael Wheeler
While I'm working to build my new business, I have been working with my sister on some of her projects as well. She has been working the last several years to build a woodworking business, and she just started doing remodel work as well. She recently had a man contact her wanting her to rebuild a door frame for him, and also to build a new wall in his house. While we were working on the estimate for the new wall, I jokingly observed that if he just made the wall with no door, we could build it for a lot less.

Doors are a little bit expensive. It takes time to cut out the sheet rock, and a door is more expensive in terms of materials than the wall. In fact, you can just about build a wall the size of a door for the cost of just hinges, a door knob, and a door stop - not counting the actual door itself. The problem arises, however, when there's no way out of the room you're working in.

See, we could just build that wall. I could take the paint, sheet rock, plaster, and tape into that room and work from that side of the wall. Then, my sister could work on the other side of the wall. The wall would look great when we got done, but I would be stuck in that room. It's a second-story room, with small windows, and I'd likely get hurt trying to climb out.

In life, it's just the same - it's easy to build walls, and a lot harder to make doors. We have to build doors so we can come and go as we need, and we need doors to open up to the outside. The Bible says in Revelations 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me." Once a wall is built, it's a lot more work to turn it into a door. There's cutting, rebuilding support, and then you still have to do all the work you would have originally had to do to make the door in the first place.

We build walls in our lives for all sorts of reasons, but then we just have a room in our life with some hurt, or a grudge, or something that's painful to us and others, and it just festers. We can't get into the room to clean it out and let it heal. Building a door in these situations may be difficult, and it may take some time, but it's worth it.