Knocking down walls
October 26 2001 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

Knocking down walls | Friday, Oct. 26, 2001

Friday, Oct. 26, 2001

Knocking down walls

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor I took a few days of vacation last week to do some much-needed home maintenance and a little bit of renovation by serving as "grunt labor" for a carpenter friend. Our intention was to tear out a wall between our den and living room with the idea of creating a larger living space, allowing free interchange between the two rooms. We're certainly not the first to think of that - lots of folks have made similar modifications to take better advantage of available floor space.

Unfortunately, when we started tearing out the wall, the cavity between the first two studs from the corner was home to a waste drain from upstairs. Between the next two studs was a big bundle of electrical wires. The third and fourth cavities were filled with water pipes carrying all the plumbing to the upstairs, along with some telephone wires.

Uh-oh.

We quickly realized that moving all of that plumbing and wiring would be prohibitively expensive. And to simply tear out what remained of the wall would leave a really odd-looking floor plan.

So we compromised by fashioning an archway somewhere near the middle. It's not as open as we had hoped, but it does allow easier access and open communication between the rooms.

It occurred to me that I was looking at a metaphor for N.C. Baptists. We have worked hard to knock down walls and open the lines communication between those who are more comfortable in the den and those who prefer the formality of the living room.

In the process, we discovered that some differences, like plumbing, are largely intractable and unlikely to move. We have managed to increase our levels of appreciation, understanding and communication, however.

We don't have a completely open wall, but we do have a good-sized opening for continuing conversation and cooperation.

If we can keep the furniture from blocking the way, the future of our fellowship remains bright.

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