I was sitting on my balcony, watching and listening to a family and some some children play in a dog park. “You may only stay inside the fence” their mom yelled. So of course, what do the kids do but make a straight shot to the gate. Once again she yelled, “don’t go out of that gate!” Discontent, the kids now didn’t want to play but instead, cry and kept trying to leave. I heard their mom say, “I don’t want you to leave because I don’t want you to get hurt. You aren’t ready to go out of the gate yet.” I loved what she said but for the kids, their afternoon turned quickly from a fun day in a park to anger and pouting. This encounter made me think about fences and boundaries.
This fence gave the kids a boundary they couldn’t go through, but it also gave them the freedom to play and enjoy the safety inside. Fences are areas to protect what we love until its gained maturity. A ‘fence’ could be a menial job, a small duty, or an undesired location.
Are you in a ‘fence’? What are your thoughts when in a fence? In a confined area, we have the opportunity to say “yes” to the freedom in that area and enjoy what is ours, or we can go down the road of discontentment, limiting our growth and opportunity. Using this thought process, can’t fences actually be freedom?
Our attitude will eventually be revealed no matter how hard we try otherwise. Dr. Caroline Leaf studies the brain and the impact of thoughts on the emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of the human state, she shares, “as we think, the brain has the ability to change itself for better or for worse. Our behavior follows our thoughts.” Our heart is not just a pump, but it is also in constant communication with our brain, evaluating the integrity of our thoughts. Negative thoughts have an instant effect on our hearts leading toward our behaviors, attitude and outcomes. Sleep disturbances, weight issues, headaches, stomach upset, harsh words etc. may be a direct effect to our thoughts lives. Dr. Leaf also states, “There is evidence showing that your thoughts and emotions can render even the best of comfort foods toxic to your body, thanks to the now undeniable link between your body and your mind.” We are far less likely to suffer miseries when our thoughts are in constant check of being life-giving verses life-threatening.
We were born with dreams burning in our hearts. That is why there’s a small voice deep within us, saying, “there’s more for you.” We were born for creative lives and created with dreams, ideas and giftings. It may take awhile to get there, and some of us may not even know what our dream is yet. It might, however, just be revealed in the consistency and faithfulness of the smallest fence. In due time, the fence will widen and open in the shape of our dreams.
There’s wisdom and reward when one gives complete faith and dedication to the little jobs, working with perfection and an attitude of gratefulness. Become faithful in your yard, and you will be faithful when given acres of land. Choose to enjoy the fence. Have the best “yes” you can right now and you will get the best “yes” later.