Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped. Ecclesiastes 4: 11-12 THE MESSAGE
I’ve always dreamed of a fenced in yard where all you had to do was open the back door in cold weather and let the dogs out. No leashes, no long walks in freezing or humid temperatures, just your doggies playing in the backyard. An ideal picture of peace and contentment.
Three of my pups are getting to live the dream but it is not quite as magical as I’d hoped. Seneca, the husky, just jumps the fence whenever nature calls. Bella and Mallory have dug a hole to China in numerous places under their fence. They regard the fence as more of a boundary suggestion than a true boundary.
As I open the back door each afternoon, I always stop and tell them to stay in the yard. I imagine I see their heads nod in agreement and off they go like good little pups. It’s like when we told our children to make good choices as they left for college and you prayed for four years. You get the idea.
Holding dogs accountable may not seem like a good idea but I have been told they can be trained to be obedient. God also holds us accountable and as Christians, we are to hold each other accountable. It’s sort of, kind of, like an obedience school for Christians. We can be taught!
Unlike Bella and Mallory’s boundary suggestion, the Bible records clear boundaries for us to know and clear paths for us to follow. We are accountable to God but he doesn’t leave us alone on our Christian journey. He fills us with His Holy Spirit and gives us others on the same journey in which we can fellowship and learn
Accountability partners are people we can trust to help us stay on the right path. They will speak the truth in love when we need correction and they will help us through the best and the worst of times.
Our scripture today ends with, “A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped”. Unlike my dogs finding a way around their fences, when you make God the third strand in your relationships, your boundaries will be much clearer. They won’t be suggestions, they will be a glorious way of life, bringing glory to God, the Father.