Walking back and forth through an Army installation I passed a correctional facility noticing the prisoners in the fences. It caused me to wonder for a minute what they might have done to bring them there. Continuing my walked I passed a motor pool and thought about the striking parallel of choices that puts us behind fences.

The prisoners were there because of the choices they made in the legal world. The motor pool operators were there because of the choice they made to operate or maintain military vehicles, but then I realized the Army installation I was in was also fenced. A choice I made in my professional world.

Romans 14:7 “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.”

trespassingThese fences made me ask, “What fences do we have in our personal world that keep us in or others out?” How are our personal interactions with each other? Some fences are used to keep people in and some to keep people out.


God offers us opportunities to reach out to others as well as break down fences that we have built through negative attitudes and choices.