Sometimes you feel like circling the wagons. Pull in close to everyone in your wagon train, tighten the gaps, keep the riff-raff out and the kids in. Safer for everybody.
But, truth be told, the kids are going to crawl through the spokes to explore outside the circle, anyway. And some of the riff-raff might actually want to find out who you are, where you’re headed and join the group.
It’s not a bad idea to keep close to each other, look out for each other, keep the ol’ home fire burning in the center of the encampment. The kids will find their way back. They’ll find it’s better here than out there in the cold and dark. And as for the riff-raff, well, you were riff-raff once. A wagon train welcomed you in at some point. Now your train gets to do the same. Throw a little more game on the fire and go find someone to share it with. They need to get to know the Wagon Master, too.
[a loose, loose analogy of Prov. 22:6 and James 2]