|Border controls are measures used by a country to monitor or regulate its borders. It is used to control the flow of people, animals and goods across a border by setting boundary limits.
An example of one of the limits set up are the prevention of the smuggling of drugs, weapons, endangered species and other illegal or hazardous material.
I read a book by Dr Henry Cloud & Dr John Townsend which highlighted the importance of setting up boundaries in our lives. The book is called ‘Boundaries – When to say Yes and How to say No’. It added a new dimension to my life as it addresses the fact that Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limits and limitations. We question the following actions:
1. Can we set limits and still be a loving person
2. How do we answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money
3. Why do we feel guilty when we consider setting boundaries
Our boundaries can be physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Physical boundaries help you determine who may touch you and under what circumstances. Mental boundaries give you the freedom to have your own thoughts and opinions. Emotional boundaries help you deal with your own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others. Spiritual boundaries help you distinguish God’s will from your own and gives you renewed awe for your Creator.
In the creation of the world, God established some natural boundaries as highlighted in Proverbs 8 v 27 – 29:
I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Shalom – Love Never Fails