Well after Dudley, my yellow lab, ventured out of my yard and was picked up by the pound two times in as many weeks I figured it was time to fix the problem. I must say that I was rather ticked off at him, but who am I to blame a wild creature like Dudley for living out his dream and touring the countryside? Shoot I write about it daily, I should be happy for him. So, while I wanted to blame him, the true issue was with me. I recently had work done to my yard that resulted in the underground electric fence being cut.
If you don’t know how these fences work, its really quite simple. There is a wire that is ran underground starting and ending in the same spot, completing a loop that is plugged into a power source. Once this loop is created it gives off a signal that causes the coordinating collar on your pet to beep and/or shock the wild savage beast when they get within a certain parameter.
While the system is quite simple it will not work if the loop is broken.
I began digging up spots in my yard trying to locate the broken wire in order to repair the loop. As I searched for the point of disconnection within this loop I thought about the things that keep us from working correctly. The lesson I was reminded of from this electric dog fence was about giving. I am convinced that giving is not a rule or a guide, but rather a law like gravity or motion! The law of giving is best summarized by this scripture from the bible:
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
I understand I may have lost some of you with the Bible reference, but stay with me! Giving is not just a Christian principle, but a truth that applies to everyone no matter what they believe. And, just like the electric fence, when we are not giving of ourselves, our forgiveness, our time and our money, we are a broken loop.
Favor in life is like the loop of an electric fence. When we are not giving of ourselves and our money we create a break in our loop. Think about the people you know who continually hold back forgiveness. Are these people happy? No, they are usually miserable. What about the people you know who are so focused on themselves that they never give time to help others. Are they full of free time? No, they are usually stressed and feel as though they have no margin of time in their life. The same goes with money.
Of course there are people that give their money and are still struggling financially. Does this disprove the law of giving? Of course not! Just like the electric fence, even if a loop is created you must add electricity to become effective. The law of giving does not guarantee wealth with giving of money, or margin of time with giving of time. But, when you add the electricity, which is composed of strong decisions, continual education and hard work, you will “give, and it will be given to you.”
The great news in all of this is that with a couple twists of a wire and some electrical tape I had an effective loop again. And, just like the law of giving, your loop can be corrected today! Analyze your life, your time and your money and see if you have a break. If so, just do some twisting, add some tape, make sure you have electricity and get back to being complete!
“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher
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