The Thin Red Line

A movie came out in 1998 called “The Thin Red Line”, it was about World War II and everything that happens during a war…guns, suspense, death, etc.  I’ve never seen the movie, but from all accounts it sounds like a good one.  However, I don’t want to talk about the movie, but another thin red line.

My mother lives in an apartment complex for senior citizens.  It’s nice, it’s quiet, there’s a beautiful lake, the residents are nice, but there’s one problem with it.  GEESE!  Yes, there are geese all over the place.  They poop all over the sidewalks.  If they think you have bread, they run up to you.  If you get too close to their babies, they honk and come at you.  Oh, and if you’re trying to drive on or off the property and they are in the street, the look at you as if they’re daring you to hit them.  I’ve grown to detest those geese.

One day, I went to visit my mother and noticed a thin red line of wire had been placed around the perimeters of the lake with stakes.  It was only about a foot off the ground and I wondered what it was for.  I asked my mother what was with the red wire and she told me that the red wire had been placed around the lake to ward off the geese.  You see, although they could easily fly over the wire and get into the lake, or just go under the red wire, they saw it as a barrier and began to disappear from the complex to eat and poop someplace else.

I was flabbergasted!  A thin red line, ran off all the geese.  I thought about it, and what came to me was…how many times has something so insignificant ran us off?  How many times has something that we could go over, or under stop us?  I would guess that more times than we’d like to admit, in our life we have allowed something very small to prevent us from reaching our destiny.  Instead of figuring out a different way of doing things, we ran away.  We stopped at the first sign of a blockade.  And in many cases, like those geese, we told those around us the same thing, and let them know that if “I can’t do it, then neither can you”.

So, instead of just you being blocked, you blocked your entire family from prosperity because you received on “no”, and decided college wasn’t for you.  You wanted to start your own business, but it’s a lot of paperwork to complete and you were turned down for a loan, so you quit.  You wanted to reach out to a neighbor, coworker, or family member, but they didn’t respond the way you thought, so you pulled your hand back and quit.

You get the picture.  Today, I encourage you to look at your life.  What thin red lines are in your life?  What are you allowing to stop you, when all you have to do is go under or over?  What is keeping you from living in the purposes that God has ordained for you?  Face that red line, and don’t let it stop you!

How and what are you doing to face your think red lines?  Talk to me.

Philippians 3:12-15 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.  Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus.  I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us.

P.S.  One lady in the entire complex fought to have the line removed.  It was removed and guess what…you got it, they returned!  And with a vengeance.  I’m cleaning off geese poop from my shoes as soon as I finish typing.

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