Today I was thinking about the perimeter boundaries on a piece of property that we keep livestock on. It is fenced on the southern half of the land, and sometime in the future, will be fenced on the northern half. When we started building fences, we looked at the land survey, found the corner post, talked to the neighbors, and decided what fencing type would best work for us. We did all this work for the benefit of owning livestock, for the animals good and for the good of those around them, mainly our neighbors. If you could ask our cows, they would tell you that they don't need boundaries, nor do they want them, for they are smart enough to make their own choices of grazing and roaming areas. Now, we all know that livestock left to themselves will make irate neighbors by eating flowers, dirtying sidewalks or drives with cow pies, and putting large hoof prints in manicured lawns. So, we went to the work to set boundaries in place that allow our cows to enjoy their prescribed areas. They are free to live life to its fullest, running, eating, relating to other animals, soaking the sunshine, gazing at the stars on clear nights and doing all the other fun things that happy cows do. As long as they stay within the preset boundaries that their loving caretaker outlined, they will thrive, and our neighbors will be happy.
As I thought more about this subject, I couldn't think of any area of life that this same principle doesn't apply to us as humans. The laws of nature, society, and God all serve as boundaries in our lives. If we live within the preset boundaries, we will thrive. But, if I decide that today I am going to walk on air, stepping off the end of the haymow, I will suddenly be reminded that gravity is one of those boundaries that cannot be crossed without experiencing some kind of consequence. It is the same with the boundaries that our loving heavenly Father has put into place for our good. If I choose to ignore his predetermined boundaries for mankind and steal, lie, adulterate or any of His other boundaries, I will hurt those around me. I will cause myself and others to suffer the consequences of my behavior.
Our fence boundaries keep our cows in the area that is best for their well-being. Likewise, when we choose to stay living within God's boundaries for mankind, we also will experience the best pasture for us to roam. :)
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