Close the Gate

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Close the Gate

My friend grew up on a farm, and she once told me that her sole responsibility was to close the gate behind her.  That way the live­stock couldn’t backtrack into a field of alfalfa.  All she had to do was close the gate behind her.

Back then she thought gate closing was boring work—just a whole lot of waiting. Then something happened.  She discovered that while gate closing isn’t prestigious or exciting, it’s vitally impor­tant.

On the path to wellness and wholeness, there are many gates to close.  Closing the gate means not leaving loose ends hanging.

Are there people with whom you have loose ends?  Do you need to return something you “borrowed?” Is there restitution or an over­due apology that might renew a relationship?

My friend’s mom used to tell her, “Close the gates behind you.”  Most often she was talking about more than the field gate—she was talking about all the gates of life. What gates do you need to close?

– Steve Arterburn

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort—the opening terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing—the opening a wonderfully joyous moment. – Andy Rooney

Sometimes you only get one chance to rewrite the qualities of the character you played in a person’s life story. Always take it. Never let the world read the wrong version of you. – Unknown


One Comment

  1. Dean Taise February 3, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Hi New Life,

    I just saw this devotional on your website as I went to it to check out the trailer of the movie Son Of God you were discussing today with Mark and Roma. (hope I spelled her name correctly and my apologies if I didn’t). Great show as always, and today, awesome, as it is rare to get to know the love of God in people like Mark and Roma that can make an impact on the national and world stage! Thank you God for them!

    I too, like Henry was visually impacted in a worshipping way when I saw the Passion of The Christ as well as Jesus of Nazareth back in the late 70’s! I look forward to this movie! Thanks for having Mark and Roma on and sharing today on your broadcast! It was a blessing of today!

    If you distribute your devotional via email daily, can I have it emailed to my email address?
    Thank you God for all of you too and God bless you all in what you do to be God’s good and faithful servants with your ministry! To His Glory and Kingdom!

    Dean Taise

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