[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. In this 6-part series, Andy Stanley challenges us to stop flirting with disaster and establish some personal guardrails. DOWNLOAD ONLY
Nobody plans to enter into a violent marriage. Nobody plans to ruin his or her finances. Nobody plans to struggle with an addiction. What steps do you take to make sure these things don't happen? Set up guardrails. You can tell yourself that you'll "be careful." Well, setting up guardrails is how you "be careful." Ephesians 5:15-17
Friendships are powerful things. They're great, but dangerous. You drop your guard with your friends. You become less careful. And as a result, you're easily influenced, drawn toward the acceptance you find. Because of this vulnerability, it would be smart to develop some guardrails. It's not an easy thing - but it might end up saving you from future pain. Proverbs 13:20
If there is one area in your life that absolutely needs some guardrails, this is probably it. It's the area that is the most difficult to recover from. It's the most needed yet most resisted area of all. Fortunately, the Bible is pretty clear on how we should approach it: flee. 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
Do guardrails really work? Andy and Sandra Stanley share several of the guardrails they've built into their lives. These guardrails may not be models for everyone, but they've worked for Andy and Sandra. Whether you agree with them or not, the bigger lesson is the need to be intentional about setting up guardrails. You'll thank yourself for doing so some day. Proverbs 27:12
Contrary to popular opinion, God does not want something from you, he wants something for you. And nowhere is that more true than with your finances. Then why are we so insistent on separating our faith and our finances? What kinds of guardrails need to go up in order to protect us from financial disaster? Matthew 6:33
We live with an internal conflict between our values–what we know is right–and our desire for immediate fulfillment. In areas like finances, relationships, and careers, a guardrail can feel like a barrier to something that seems good now. So why bother having guardrails if they just add to the tension? In this message, Andy presents a story from the life of Daniel, persuading us to establish guardrails now . . . once and for all. Proverbs 11:3