Boundaries. For some people, such as myself, the concept of setting boundaries is a tough lesson to learn. My personality is such that I want to jump in with both feet, no matter what the situation. Whether it be a relationship, an idea that pops into my head, or the latest diet fad. They said it was good! It must be good! They seem like a nice person! Surely they’re a nice person! Right? Um….not always! Thus the reason it’s so important to learn to set boundaries, and think before you act.
My dogs have the Petsafe system, they can’t get out of their set boundaries. It’s pitiful to watch, when you first put the collar on them, how they’ll tear out running, happy go lucky, tail wagging, ears flopping; all is right with the world, then BAM! They hit that boundary and get the crap shocked out of them, and run back yelping. They learn really quickly that when they hear that beep, that means turn, and run the other way!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve jumped into a situation, only to run back yelping! I had to learn the hard way to listen for the beep, so to speak. There’s not a Humansafe system, with a device we can wear that warns us when we’re close to our boundary. However, if you’re a believer, you have the best warning device ever created! The Holy Spirit!
I’ve learned that, despite my personality, I can set, and keep boundaries! I can’t do it on my own mind you, but if I allow God to have control over the situations, and relationships in my life, it’s possible to hear the beep.
You don’t have to be an intelligent person to be wise (thank God!). True wisdom and maturity comes from The Lord. You don’t have to be older to be wise either; contrary to popular belief. You can ask God for wisdom at any age, and He’ll give it to you! It is possible for young people to make wise decisions! I wish I’d understood that when I was younger. True wisdom comes from a relationship with Christ! GET THAT!!
Live life to the fullest! Love with all your heart! But DO IT WISELY! Don’t frolic along blindly, only to get the crap shocked out of you, so that you’re yelping back. Listen for the “beep” of the Holy Spirit. And when you hear, Do what He’s telling you! If He says run? Then run dummy!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise. Psalms 111:10
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as wise as snakes and as harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16