“A wall is a structure that defines an area, carries a load, or provides shelter or security.” (Wikipedia)
As the walls go up in the new ACTS House, other walls are coming down in The Doud House–walls of self-protection and false beliefs built up over a lifetime in the hearts of us who live together there. Every Sunday morning, we show up in the community room to check in with each other about what’s going on in our lives, hearts, and relationships with each other. It’s honest and often unnerving. It can be uncomfortable and sometimes messy. But what we experience by the end is always profound…and we want to share with you some of what we learn each week.
The beauty of living together as family in an Unbridled community is that we are noticed, and we talk honestly about what we notice. This, of course, can also be what feels terrifying about living together in close, honest, intentional community. It’s why the world is full of lonely, isolated people. Being seen and noticed is only beautiful if we know we’re truly loved and accepted, and too few of us have ever experienced what that’s like. Most of us are much more familiar with the fear of being hurt or rejected, and all we’ve known to do to protect ourselves is build walls.
As guests at the ACTS House, we are learning what it’s like to be known, accepted, and loved, so we can offer the same to others. And we want you to know that as friends of UnbridledACTS, you’re also connected to a loving, accepting community that works together to bring down walls that need to come down, and build new ones filled with words of love and hope and healing. We want you to know that we get it…that we know you have walls too that need to come down in your life. We want you to know you’re not alone. That we’re all in this together…and we’re excited to share with you what we are learning.