Several years ago, I spray-painted a white stripe across the lower end of my driveway. I was prompted to such action out of concern for my two daughters — Bethany and Katie. I did not want the girls to ride their bicycles too close to the street, (where traffic often rushed by) and be injured — thus the boundary.
At first, the girls were a bit confused as to its purpose. I assured them that the stripe was there because of my love for them, in addition to my concern for their physical welfare. In the intervening years, they never crossed over the stripe.
It is interesting to note that when we go to the Bible today, we often find God’s white stripes (i.e., commandments). The purpose of these commandments is not because God wants to rob us of our liberty, pleasure, and our enjoyment, or that he — for some selfish reason — wants to restrict our behavior. Rather, they are in the Bible because God loves and cares for us. “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 3:5).
Are you staying within God’s white lines? Are you living inside his divine boundaries? He put them there for our benefit!

One Reply to “Boundaries”

  1. Your emails are quite enjoyable, thoughtful and always true. I liked this article, but especially the one for May 21 – I enjoy the contradiction! Thank you for your time and efforts!

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