It’s fascinating to see how a structure

As flimsy as a scaffold

Provides support for builders

To make something concrete.

No one ever admires the scaffolding

No one remembers it

Or poses to take a picture by a scaffold.

Yet there would be no building to capture

Had it not been for a scaffold.

External structures matter.

Support systems matter.

Accountability matters.

We make much of people that

‘Defy the odds”

Who grit their teeth and make something

Out of seemingly thin air.

But there are often a multitude of unmentioned factors

That make even the smallest successes possible.

Conviction abounds and

Good intentions are rarely in short supply,

But what is often lacking

Is the scaffolding to make it possible.

Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; after that, build your house.

-Proverbs 24:27

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