Entry#040 Praying with Thanksgiving for the Freedom of Boundaries
Children often cannot wait until they grow up so that they can do what they want to do. Rebellious children seek to do what they want right now regardless of the rules or consequences. Spoiled children get to do whatever they think they want to do, but still may feel discontented because they may not be sure what that is. But many adults still are not doing what they want to do for any number of reasons. They may not be in a financial position to live life on their own terms. Some people have lived a life of trying so hard to please others that they lost themselves. Some adults still don’t even know what they want do or what they want out of life. Rules are made for the rebellious, and laws are created for the lawless. When children don’t have boundaries, they do not experience a sense of being loved and feeling secure. Yet only having rules and regulations without relationship breeds bitterness and contempt. Many people do not want to participate in organized religion because of all the regulations, norms, and protocols that may be involved. Those same types of people may not want to go to church because of all the hypocrites there. They also may not want to give an offering because they feel the ministers mismanage and do not properly allocate the funds. But everywhere we go we have rules to follow and someone to answer to. And isn’t the church the best place for hypocrites and sinners? And finally, God will deal with those who misappropriate His money. Our job is to be obedient to what the Holy Spirit tells us to give. Adam and Eve’s main sin in the Garden of Eden was not eating from all the other trees in the garden, but focusing on the one tree they couldn’t eat from. Boundaries free us up to go as far as we should go. Generally, the things we are not allowed to do, are things we shouldn’t be doing anyway. When we accept the boundaries God place for us, we are trusting in His sovereignty to know what is best. He does not restraint us to hurt us. God knows the beginning from the end. So when He sets up a perimeter, we should be thankful, for it is for our own good and own protection.