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Guardrails

Posted: October 01, 2016

If you've ever driven on a road that wasn't your driveway, then you know what guardrails are. But have you ever driven on a road that really needed guardrails but didn't have them? I have, and the single thought that came to mind was, "If I mess this up, we're all going to die" - but thankfully that didn't happen.

Guardrails can most easily be defined as a system designed to keep vehicles from going off the road and into danger. 

We often drive down many roads that have guardrails, but we rarely notice they are there. But it's good that they are, because if they weren't, chances are good that someone would eventually get hurt.

The same is true in our relationships.

We need spiritual guardrails in our relationships. We need a system designed to keep our hearts and minds from going off the boundaries of the road and into dangerous places. I'm pretty sure most of us would agree that the majority of our regrets in life could have been avoided had there been spiritual Guardrails in place.

We can be so easily persuaded by our friends to do things and engage with things we know we shouldn't. But when we're with our friends, we often let our guard down. But if guardrails are in place, there is a really good chance that we will be deterred from going right over the edge into destruction.

So what about you? Do you have relationship guardrails in place? 

"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is." - Ephesians 5:15-17 NIV

Lord, I recognize the need for some wisdom and caution in my relationships. Help me to live in a way that makes the most of every opportunity, and help me to bring the best out of others around me. In Jesus' name, amen.