“The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places.” Psa 16:6 (part 1).

This is a verse that God has used to impart a lot of wisdom into my life over the past few years and I thought I’d share it here on the blog at the beginning of a new year.

 

Our lives are full of lines.  Some see this as a bad thing some see it as a good thing.  I think it depends who’s holding the pencil.

 

There are three kinds of lines: barriers, boundaries and borders.  Over the next three posts I’ll be sharing about each of these lines.

 

Barriers

 

Fear erects barriers.  Fear of failing.  Fear of being hurt.

 

These lines keep people out.

 

Why do we build barriers? Because we have been hurt and we have vowed never to trust again.  But we cannot live like that.  We were designed for connection.  Even God said amidst the beauty of the Garden of Eden, “it is not good for man to be alone.”  Relationship and connection is like oxygen to our souls, we need it to stay alive.

 

How do we build those barriers?  One brick at a time.

 

Every time some one asks how you are and you’re reply is, “I’m fine.”  Another brick goes in the wall.  Barriers take on the form of masks that we wear to keep people from seeing the real us.  They cover the shame that Satan pounds us with.  The feelings of unworthiness.  The feelings of isolation.  We think we’re the only one who’s feeling that way but if you took off your mask then the person beside you would perhaps find the courage to take off her mask – and then you would both realise that those masks were covering the same things.

 

So just as we build the barrier one brick at a time so we take it down one brick at a time.  It is a process and will take as long as it takes but if you are willing God will place people in your life with whom you can be real and know that they won’t reject you.  But it is up to you to take the first step.

 

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