I had to come back in after I finished this series to share something I read in a blog by Lysa TerKeurst in her blog post, “When my wild heart pushes the boundary.”     She discusses how she had to come to grips with the idea of an invisible fence for her constantly escaping dogs.   She said, “Boundaries aren’t cruel barriers meant to keep my dogs from freedom.  They are protective restrictions meant to define where safe freedom can be found.   This just says so well what this series was all about.  I hope you will stop by her blog for a funny read, and remember that God has your good in mind when He calls you to a holy/pure life.

As Derek Mansker points out in his post “When is being safe dangerous”“How can we find a balance between sheltering them from everything and equipping them to filter what is going on through a worldview of truth?  When is being safe actually being dangerous?”  In this post, Derek is talking about the effort to keep his kids (and youth group kids) safe and when that very safety becomes dangerous for them.

In the Lysa TerKeurst analogy, the dogs were escaping and running into a world that was not safe.  In order to protect them, she had to put some boundaries up.  These boundaries included a small shock when the dog attempted to violate the boundaries.

Too much freedom can be dangerous.

The dogs are free to violate their guardrails, but they will pay the consequences (a shock or an unsafe trip into the world).  We are the same.  We can cross that line at any time, but we enter a world where harm can (and does come to us).

God (parents/society) gives us rules/laws/restrictions/boundaries for a reason.  “They are protective restrictions meant to define where safe freedom can be found.” {Lysa TerKeurst}


What do you think of the above statements?

How do they apply to you?

How do they apply to our freedom in Christ?

Can you think of other statements that could apply here?