This weekend, our family worked together to fence in our garden. We used 34 fence posts, 150 feet of fencing, and some fishing line. We’ve had a garden for many years, but the last several years have been a bit frustrating as we’ve had to defend against groundhogs and deer. We’ve tried a few other remedies like deer repellant, have-a-heart traps, and hair clippings. But we’ve still dealt with produce that has been mowed down in the middle of the night by the animals that live in our area. So far, the fence seems to be working.
We live in a time when people tout the benefits of living beyond our dreams and our boundaries. I’ve even written a few blog posts about the benefits of stretching outside our comfort zone. But there’s another side of the equation that needs to be looked at from time to time. Fences are important tools in our lives. We need fences in our lives to keep out the “critters” that can damage our lives. We need fences in our lives to keep us from journeying into unsafe territory. And sometimes we need fences in our lives to remind us what things are our business and what things are not our business. With this in mind, here are a few ideas for establishing appropriate fences in our lives.
3 Ways To Set Appropriate Fences In Our Lives:
1.) Set personal boundaries. We need to be smart enough and bold enough to set up our own fences. For example, Leanne and I have a “rule” that we will avoid meeting alone with members of the opposite gender. Rules or boundaries like this keep us from journeying into unsafe territory.
2.) Find accountability. Is there someone in your life (other than your spouse) who knows the true condition of your heart. Someone like this will ask the tough questions and will also give us early warning signs when our fences need repair.
3.) Spend time in God’s Word and in Christian community. These actions keep us growing and alert to God’s business. When we know God’s Word and experience this type of community, our fence is used more effectively. Our fenced in area becomes a refuge and a safe house where we can be restored and re-energized for service to those outside the fence.
What are the pluses and minuses of having a fence? Do you have a fence around your yard? How do you keep the “critters” out?