Guardrails Preserve

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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 19:11-20:13, John 21:1-25, Psalm 120:1-7, Proverbs 16:16-17

Daily Verse: “The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; whoever guards his way preserves his life.” Prov. 16:17

Guardrails preserve.

Driving across the many bridges and tunnels in the Hampton Roads area reminds me of the importance of guardrails. Looking over the edge of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel always amazes me. The 23-mile drive over the Chesapeake Bay connects southern Virginia with its eastern shore. Concrete barriers stop cars from going over the edge into the blue waves below.

In the same way, setting guardrails, and boundaries in life, helps us stay on the straight and narrow. Ron and I don’t eat meals or travel alone in cars with people of the opposite sex. We use a budget to control our finances. As a coach, I teach private lessons in public venues with many eyes watching.

“Alcoholics wouldn’t take the first drink if they knew it would ruin their life.”  Words I often use when talking about temptation. Innocent beginnings can lead to terrible endings. The first conversation didn’t begin the affair, but it started the journey.

Accepting our fallibility helps us set proper guardrails to protect us from the world’s temptations. Staying on the straight and narrow requires boundaries.

Lord, forgive us from straying from the righteous path. Please help us stay on the straight and narrow by placing guardrails where we need them. Let us remain far from evil by using healthy boundaries to keep us on the right road. IJNIP. Amen

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