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The Corner Post

Whether the fence is built on the Lazy H in Arkansas, the XIT in Texas, to enclose the yard around the house just over the grade in Atascadero, California, or to keep the goats in Mrs. Millsap’s pasture out of Mr. Sturtevant’s orchard in Virginia, one thing is common about all good fences: The corner post is anchored well. Building a fence is like most things—preparation and attention to detail are essential. But above all, to have a strong fence the corner post has to be firmly anchored.

A man is a lot like a corner post. A man’s strength allows the world, his family, and his friends to push and pull against him. A man is to be the source from which society gets its coordinates. A man conveys security. He is an anchored point in a changing world. A man anchored firmly and supported above exudes dependability. His stance in life says, “I’m not going anywhere. Stand by me.” A man’s station is a standard of excellence. You simply cannot have a shoddy corner post and hope to have a quality fence.

On the other hand, if a man is not anchored securely he will give way to pressure, and then insecurity takes root. But when a man is firmly anchored, he becomes a benchmark and dependable standard. Like the corner post, a man can be a stabilizing pillar, but only if he’s firmly established in his true identity in Christ. God takes as much pride in His fences as any earthly rancher does his. And if I am not mistaken, I hear He is setting corner posts beginning today.

Preston Gillham

About the Author

As a co-founder, Preston Gillham led Lifetime for 30 years. Preston is a writer, speaker, and leadership guide. He has authored numerous articles and several books including No Mercy and Battle for the Round Tower. He blogs on “Life and Leadership”. More about Preston, his writings, speaking, and his consulting practice can be located at PrestonGillham.com.