• Kris Newlin

Mending Fences

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

Growing up in the country, there were countless times that someone's livestock was blocking the road due to a break in the fence line. The neighborly thing to do was to stop and help. Shooing the cows or sheep back into the pasture and mending the fence if you could. Where you had the ability, you had the responsibility; it was just that simple. We never overlooked the situation thinking those aren't my cows, that's not my fence, and that's not my problem. This world has a lot of broken fences.


My dad told me to always look people in the eye. My mom told me never to look down on anyone else. If I'm looking someone in the eye, I can't look down on them and if I'm keeping my focus on God then everyone I look into the eye is reflecting God back to me because each of us are made in His Image. Keeping my gaze locked on God also helps me to not look down in despair and hopelessness. God gives me strength to face hard things that I couldn't on my own.


Can it be that simple? Can my little part on this planet be as small, yet as significant as picking up one little fence post at a time? There's only one way to know for sure and that is to try.


I wish I had included this scripture all along but better late than never. From my bible reading today, it is wisdom from The Word about mending fences...

1 John 3 verses 14-20 Message Translation

The way we know we've been transferred from death to life is that we love our brothers and sisters. Anyone who doesn't love is as good as dead. Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know very well that eternal life and murder don't go together.


This is how we've come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God's love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.


My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.


That's SO GOOD! Mending fences and mending hearts, God's way.




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