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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fences

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?

1 comment:

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

This is so true! For me anyway, as I am prone to building "fences" around myself. I live way out in the country and if I did not go shopping or visiting or to church would not see people for days on end. You can not see any houses or roads from where we live. So in a sense, I have a fence around me physically. But even worse, I tend to isolate myself socially. Which can be a bad thing too. Blogging has been SUCH a great thing for me. It's pulling me out of my shell. :)

God bless you!

Marilyn