Power without parameters is dangerous. That’s what got Adam in trouble in the Garden of Eden.
- Godly friends provide guardrails
- The Holy Spirit provides guardrails
- The Word of God provides guardrails
- Understanding your limits provides guardrails
Here’s the question: What system do you have in place that will keep you from crossing the line that you really don’t want to cross? Without systems in place (guardrails) crossing the line is inevitable.
(Prov 21:10 CEV) Evil people want to do wrong, even to their friends.
We make hundreds of choices every day. If we think about it, our day is full of choice, after choice, after choice. Getting out of bed in the morning is a choice – one that I sometimes don’t like to make. We choose to brush our teeth, take a shower, what we will eat, what we will wear, what path we will take to work, what we will do when we get there, and the list can go on and on. Obviously, some decisions are more important than others and therefore require more deliberation. You should take more time, for example, in choosing whom to marry and connect with for the rest of your life, over what to eat for lunch today. One of the decisions that we should place in the important category is the decision of whom we will call our friend. It’s been said that “who you will be in five years will be influenced by the friends you choose and the books you read,” so choose both wisely. My mother used to tell me daily, “Show me who you hang with and I will tell you who you are.”