Are You Willing to be a scaffold?

March 31, 2008

I was sitting in a meeting when the inspiration for this struck me… I blogged this while in a meeting today.

Merriam – Webster online dictionary gives this definition:


One entry found.

Main Entry:

scaf·fold Listen to the pronunciation of scaffold
\ˈska-fəld alsoˌfōld\
Middle English, from Anglo-French scaffald, alteration of Old French eschaafauz, escafaut, alteration of chaafaut, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum — more at catafalque
14th century
1 a: a temporary or movable platform for workers (as bricklayers, painters, or miners) to stand or sit on when working at a height above the floor or ground b: a platform on which a criminal is executed (as by hanging or beheading) c: a platform at a height above ground or floor level2: a supporting framework
The above definition highlighted to me the similarities we share with the scaffolds. For one, the scaffolds are constructed with an end-view in mind. No builder would just build scaffoldings and say “it is done!” When you see a scaffold, you know that something is going to be built and you can see if it is really happening or not.
Similary, our lives are meant to be scaffolds as well. We have been born and placed here with an end-view in mind. Discovering the purpose of our lives and what we can significantly contribute is of utmost importance. This is a fitting response to the many cries for significance in their lives.
There is that nature of “temporariness” as well. Once the building is finished, the scaffolds are taken down. Can you imagine a scaffold demanding to remain even if the building is already finished. Scaffolds are meant to be taken down. In the same way, our lives are meant to be”taken down” to give way to others. Our lives are meant to be building blocks so that the lives of others are built – up. There is also a great sense of temporariness in life as we enter different seasons of our lives.
And as scaffolds, we do not stand alone… we need other scaffolds to become effective and to be able to reach more people.
Would you be willing to be a scaffold for others?
Would you be willing to be set-up temporarily so that people may use you to stand on? Or would you choose to be a scaffold where the lives of other people are torn down or like criminals of old, beheaded? I pray not.
This week, someone asked me if I could be his mentor. I was humbled by such request. I pray that I would be one of the effective scaffolds God would use in order for him to realize and achieve the apex of his potential. I know that there is a sense of temporariness in this mentoring relationship, but I pray that the significance of this relationship would extend beyond the borders of this lifetime.

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