TOPIC // Boundaries
# Parts // 5-Part Study
SPEAKER // Andy Stanley
[Guardrails: a system designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas.] They're everywhere, but they don't really get much attention . . . until somebody hits one. And then, more often than not, it is a lifesaver.
Ever wonder what it would be like to have guardrails in other areas of your life—areas where culture baits you to the edge of disaster and then chastises you when you step across the line? Your friendships. Your finances. Your marriage. Maybe your greatest regret could have been avoided if you had established guardrails.
GUARDRAILS PART 1
DIRECT AND PROTECT
Guardrails are designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas. They minimize damage by keeping us in the safety zone. But the highway isn’t the only place we need guardrails.
GUARDRAILS PART 2
Have you ever met someone that later you wish you’d never met? Is there a person you wish your husband, wife, son, or daughter had never met? Sometimes people are our greatest regrets because they influence us to ignore our guardrails and step into the danger zone.
GUARDRAILS PART 3
Guardrails keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off limit areas. We need personal guardrails so we don’t stray into areas of life that can harm us or the people we love. If there’s one area in which personal guardrails are most needed but also most resisted, it’s in our relationships.
GUARDRAILS PART 4
When it comes to our finances, it’s easy to cross the line into the danger zone. That’s why it’s essential to establish guardrails against greed.
GUARDRAILS PART 5
THE HEART OF THE MATTER
It’s vital to erect guardrails around our hearts becuase an unguarded heart can overpower our most guarded behavior.