Guardrails protect us from danger.
March 14, 2017, 5:00 AM

Years back I was driving to work after an Ice storm.  The rode was covered with ice, all except for 2 grooves where everyone was driving.  I had to cross several bridges on the way to work.  At one on the last bridges a car behind me decided to pass me.  As they went around me it pulled me out of the groove and sent me sliding. Luckily, there was a guardrail there to protect me from the ice water that lay on the other side.


Guardrails protect us from danger. These boundaries are there to keep us from heading to places we don’t want to go. They alert us to danger on the other side. But, here’s the thing. Boundaries aren’t only necessary in our everyday experiences.  They are critical in our spiritual life where we are to pursue integrity and reflect God’s character.  “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:15-17


Boundaries are important no matter who you are or what you struggling with. The problem is our tendency is to push the limit and get as close to the line as possible. From our limited perspective, boundaries appear restrictive.  Nothing about them appears freeing. We want to live our lives without restriction.  Rather than restricting our life, boundaries free us to live a life without worry.  Setting boundaries is a way of preserving yourself for God’s plans for your life.  “Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.  Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. “ Ephesians 5:10-11    


What guardrails do you need to setup?  Most likely you already know where you need to plant a guardrail.  No one has ever said they’ve regretted setting up boundaries, but there are numerous people who can tell you story after story about the chaos that was caused due to the lack of guardrails in their lives.


This is my Prayer: God, open my eyes to the places in my life where I need to plant guardrails.  Lord help me to avoid the danger on the other side by creating these boundaries in my life. Holy spirit teach me to follow Your guidance and direction.  Jesus give me strength to see the boundaries as freedom and not restriction.  In Jesus name, Amen.