Build a Bridge

Audio / Produced by The High Calling


A farmer and his neighbor argued over a wandering cow. The neighbor stomped off—and the farmer kept his neighbor's cow. The two men quit speaking to each other.

The neighbor then took his tractor and turned the pond that the men shared into a stream dividing their farms. The farmer retaliated by hiring a carpenter to build a fence so high that he wouldn't have to see his neighbor.

Then the farmer went to town. When he returned, the carpenter had not built a fence. The peace-making carpenter had instead built a bridge. Standing in the middle of the bridge was the farmer's neighbor, deeply moved by the gesture.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Leaders build bridges, and bridges open communications, in the high calling of our daily work.

"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."

(Matt. 5:23-24)