“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”
– John Buchan, Governor General of Canada
Walls become the fortress of the broken. They may not be visible, but don’t be mistaken about their existence. The strength of their intended purpose is very much at work in the lives of the broken.
It did not take long after the Berlin Wall was expunged from the city that it was no longer visible. Soon after, its facts were nestled safely in the history books. The last of the political speeches had been spoken and the dust was clearing from the remnants of the cursed. It would be ascertained from the East and the West that a wall still existed. It was an invisible wall, but a wall nonetheless. The 1989 removal of the Berlin Wall gave passage to all who had been restricted. While the Communists were building a wall to oppress and hurt the commonality, the people were building invisible walls, walls that entrapped the emotional pain and hurt that had accumulated for over 28 years. It would be discovered that it was not only the Berlin Wall that had taken away the freedom of man. That would be too much power to give to reinforced concrete. What would be most difficult to demolish were the invisible walls that had been constructed in the hearts of the emotionally broken.
What serves as the greatest obstacle in your journey from brokenness to wholeness is the invisible wall you put up that becomes your prison. Many come and stand at your invisible wall and plead for you to tear it down. Your wife stands at the wall of your heart and shouts, “Tear down these walls!” You’ve built walls to protect yourself from the enemies of fear and insecurity. You’ve built walls that allow sex, but no intimacy. You’ve built walls that won’t let her in and won’t let you out. Her heart yearns for what she needs to hear that you cannot say. What you have learned to live without leaves her empty and alone.
Your husband stands at the wall of your heart and screams, “Tear down these walls!” You’ve built walls as security from the places of rejection in your life. You’ve built walls that keep you from releasing the treasure inside of you and falsely recognize new relationships as a possibility for rejection. You sneak out from behind your wall wearing a mask only to be met by the exhausting expectations of acceptance. You’ve built walls that are so thick that you can’t hear the voice of love and approval that comes from your husband just on the other side. Your invisible walls will not let him in. Your walls have become your boundaries to protect yourself from rejection. You and the innocent suffer because there is no intimacy for those who choose to live behind invisible walls.
Your dream and destiny stand at the wall of your purpose and wail, “Tear down these walls!” You’ve erected walls to protect yourself from the failures of your past. You’ve built walls to protect yourself from every fumble in your life, every missed and failed opportunity. You’ve constructed walls to protect yourself from your haters, those who were either too shallow or too intimidated to see the embryonic destiny on the inside of you. Your purpose stands at the wall to elicit the vast greatness that dwells within you. It shouts with the same conviction and passion of President Reagan: “Tear down these walls!”