A friend posted this quote on social media a week or so ago and, as usual, I took some time to process and ponder. Today, I want us to look at boundaries – I cannot emphasize enough how important they are.
Where there is no center, there is no circumference [boundaries]. Eugene Peterson
Now, I don’t know about you but I have very high regard for Mr. Peterson – he is the person who created The Message Translation of the Bible.
What’s Your Center?
Many years ago I volunteered to be a case study at a Chinese School of Acupuncture – I was interviewed by about 20 students. I sat on a stool at the front of the classroom and was interrogated by these men and women training to be Acupuncturists, a procedure I believe in.
One of the questions I was asked,
Do you consider yourself a centered woman and, if so, what is your center?
My answer was simply, “Yes, I am a very centered/grounded person and my center is Jesus Christ.”
What Makes You Tick!
My entire being is guided by my faith in Christ. Every.Thing.
My faith dictates my health, my daily routine, my relationships, my writing, my politics, and everything!
He is my Center and my boundaries are truth. I believe Jesus’ boundaries were Truth also. He is my example.
What Is Your Center?
I would love to hear your answers in the comments. Perhaps some of them would be:
For me, Jesus Christ is the epitome of all of those traits.
Setting boundaries is wise. The Bible tells us…
Guard your heart – for out of it flows all the issues of life. Proverbs 4.23
It doesn’t say follow your heart, it says to guard it, protect it, watch over it, keep it with diligence. In fact another scripture says,
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jeremiah 17.9
We are wise to set them. We are wise to identify our “center.” In this world where good is now called evil and evil is called good – we must know our belief system and have core beliefs and boundaries that cannot be compromised.
Time To Build A Fence Or Two
“Givers have to set limits because takers never will.” a friend
“Walls / boundaries are a metaphor for self-control in the Bible.” Lance Wallnau