Every summer my family goes up to a small cottage in a place called Buckhorn. It isn’t fancy, but it’s nice to get away. Buckhorn is about half an hour north of Peterborough, and Peterborough has a nice little zoo with a small train that takes you around the property.
It’s funny where we get our inspiration from, but every time I think of Peterborough I think of that train and a small sign on one of the fences.
“Stay this side of the fence”
I think of this often because of the simplicity of it, but how important it really is.
The train moves very slowly, so it seems unlikely that you wouldn’t be able to get out of the way in time. However the train is very heavy, and if you do get stuck, you could be in big trouble. This is kind of like life. If we face temptation, it isn’t because it comes charging at us unexpectedly. We know that it is coming. We can feel or hear the signs. But we probably think we have enough time to get out of the way. We can watch inappropriate movies and feel we’d turn them off if they get really bad. We justify language in music because it has a good beat. We view inappropriate things online because it is “funny”. However, too many people don’t get out of the way in time.
The George Albert Smith manual that we used last year had a good quote about this sort of thing:
“When I have been tempted sometimes to do a certain thing, I have asked myself, ‘Which side of the line am I on?’ If I determined to be on the safe side, the Lord’s side, I would do the right thing every time. So when temptation comes think prayerfully about your problem and the influence of the Lord will aid you to decide wisely. There is safety for us only on the Lord’s side of the line.”
That simple sign can truly save lives!