Is your life out of control? Do people take advantage of you? Do you have trouble saying no?
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. Boundaries define who we are and who we are not.
Boundaries affect all areas of our lives:
- Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us, how, and when.
- Mental boundaries give us freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions.
- Emotional boundaries help us deal with our own emotions and disengage us from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.
- Spiritual boundaries help us distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator.
Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. Drs Henry Cloud and John Townsend offer biblically based insights into how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers and even ourselves - boundaries that give us freedom to walk as the loving, giving, fulfilled individuals God created us to be.