Quick at Mending Fences

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The fence I photographed looked perfect.

It is obvious that it had been well taken care of.

How quick are we at “mending fences” in our relationships?

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In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master, I want you to get out there and walk—better yet, run!—on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline—not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love, alert at noticing differences and quick at mending fences.

Ephesians 4:1-3 The Message

 

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Overcome Evil

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The barbed wire fence in my neighborhood is there to keep some things in–and some things out.

Either way, the sharp points on the twisted metal are harmful if contact is made with them.

I noticed that a vine had grown, making its way on the horizontal fence, gently moving past the painfully pointed ends.

The delicate and persistent vine had overcome the danger of the protruding barbs.

There are many “fences” encountered in life.

The Bible has this to say in Romans 12:21:

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

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Not of Fear

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It was mid-morning when I was about to begin photographing an event.

As I waited for it to begin, I was noticing the surroundings, as I often do.

A bright blue bird caught my eye as he came to rest on a fence in the distance.

He would stay there only a moment or so, then fly down to the ground and back up again onto the fence.

Not recognizing what type of bird I was seeing, I asked someone about it.

It was an Eastern Bluebird.

I certainly don’t know the habits of such a bird, but I was able to observe one for just a little while.

When he flew to the fence, he would come to rest near twisted wires poking out to the top.

With great accuracy, he didn’t allow his little feet or his delicate body to be hurt by the sharp metal points.

He was close to them, but he avoided true contact, seemingly with confidence.

Am I like that bird?

I don’t know.

If I know I should be on the fence, do I worry and focus on the spiky wires, wasting time just gazing at them?

Or do I just go right up to the safe place on the fence and commit to avoid the wires?

2 Timothy 1:7 reads,

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

What fences might God be asking me to stand on today?

Which ones might He be asking you to stand on?

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Love

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Patient.

Kind.

Happy with the truth.

That’s what love is.

Am I loving?

 

Am I jealous?

Am I rude?

Am I arrogant?

Am I irritable?

That’s not loving.

 

The choice is mine.

 

 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

–1 Corinthians 13:4-7

 

 

love never stops