You’ll Never Be Comfortable Straddling The Fence

Christianity is one of the things we can never be successful at without commitment.
Half measures will leave us miserable.
Like straddling a fence, we’ll never really be comfortable.
Constantly shifting from side to side, never ‘in it all the way’ on either one.

Like the old saying,

too much of Jesus to be happy in the world
and too much of the world to be happy in Jesus

old metal fence along a lane

It’s never comfortable on the fence. Pick a side.

 

If you’re on the fence I’d like to ask you a few questions.
What fear keeps you from jumping down on God’s side?
What sliver of hope keeps you from sliding off onto the world’s side?

I know what it’s like to sit on the fence.
I did it for a few years and they were the worst years of my life.
I made stupid selfish decisions that grieved God and hurt others I love.

I had walked with Jesus for almost 12 years, then I climbed onto that fence.
I believed a lie, and it eroded my faith.
You can’t believe how fast it can happen.
Confusion sets in clouding your thinking and muddling your decision-making process.

During a prolonged trial I accepted the ‘suggestion’ that God’s plan was not the best one for me.
He wasn’t going to be able to work in my situation.  I’d have to take things into my own hands.

I didn’t quit believing in God, but I quit believing in His love for me.
I doubted His power to change my circumstances, and I didn’t even consider asking for more strength to persevere through to the end.  I gave up too soon on God.  I let go too easily and with no anchor, I was adrift.

It was a test and I flunked.

But the day, and it happened in a single day, the day I jumped down solidly on God’s side, I was swept up into His arms.
Forgiveness I could almost feel enveloped me.
And that old familiar joy surged through my life again.

Thank God and praise Him it’s never happened again!
But I thought of it today.
I remembered what that estrangement felt like.

And if you’re there on that fence, in that no-man’s-land of partial commitment, I want to remind you that you decided to go there.
But you can decide to leave.
And return to the arms of God, the will of God, the life of Christ as He lives it through you.

 

Photo
https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/darronb/8421225999/

4 Comments on “You’ll Never Be Comfortable Straddling The Fence

  1. Love the post, Kelly! I just saw your info. on pictures from 2 days ago…sorry I didn’t get back to you then. I believe the agreement between Zemanta and WP may have expired. Either that or it may have been a feature they moved to the “upgraded” (fee-paid) blogs.

    Anyway, I find most all I need on Google Images…

    By the way, a Happy Mother’s Day to you. I hope you enjoy the call or company of your children…

    Steve Pejay

    • Thanks Steve.
      Yep, Google has been a real blogging asset :D
      Zemanta is no more on WP, but you can get it for any browser at http://www.zemanta.com/download/
      It works great and shows up in Visual Editor as soon as I click to create a New Post.
      I haven’t found great related articles yet, but it’s free, so I’m keeping it.
      Have a nice weekend.

      • This is good info. to have, Kelly! Some people might like to use Zemanta. It served a good purpose for me when I used it…

        I did enjoy the weekend, hope you did as well! Have a super day…

        Steve :)

  2. Kelly,
    I hate to say I find such a small amount of Christians that aren’t straddling the fence. :( Sadly many are dangling on the world’s side… knowingly.

    I want to never go back to that lukewarm way of life. I am
    Thankful God keeps showing me even those seemingly tiny things I still need to change. But I live ALL IN! So glad to meet other Christ followers like yourself who are truly following.

    May I share with you what showed me the all in way is the only way?
    On my site home page there is link to “A Comfort that Shouldn’t Be”. That… took away the straddle for me.

    http://40yearwanderer.com

    (About halfway down.)

    Live blessed,
    Heather

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