Close the Gate on the Negative

Close the Gate on the NegativeMy friend grew up on a farm and 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.

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

There are many gates to close on the path to restoration and recovery. Closing the gate means not allowing anything negative in your life that might keep you from a sober and healthy life. But if you think you can do this on your own, you’ll be sorely disappointed. After all, it is Christ who opens and closes doors, as the Bible says, “What he opens, no one can close; and what he closes, no one can open” (Revelation 3:8, New Living Translation). (more…)