I have noticed lately the number of fences that are around me. Our neighbors just installed a tall fence that completely encases their back yard. In fact all of the neighbors that have adjoining property to ours, has a fence of some sort. As I saw the newest fence going up, I couldn't help but think about how much things have changed in our world.
We build fences to have privacy. So many of Americans today come home and drive into their garage, and enter their home without having to talk with the neighbors. We have become a society that focuses more and more on self. We build hedges/fences around us.
Even within our own hearts we can have fences built - fences that provide a barrier from someone becoming too close and learning our inmost thoughts and feeling; fences that prevent God from dealing with sin issues in our hearts as well. When we face tough times these 'fences' prevent us from opening up and sharing what is really on our hearts. We miss the opportunity for others to come alongside to help and support and we also prevent people from being blessed in the process.
Are their any fences that you need to tear down in your heart and life? Is there anything that is preventing you from reaching out to others?