Knowing Your Boundaries

When we are aware of our limitations, it makes it easier for us to work to our strengths.

Joshua 19:1-51

Reference: “Going west it ran to Maralah, touched Dabbesheth, and extended to the ravine near Jokneam.” Joshua‬ ‭19:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I was recently asked to do an additional job at work. It was short term and in an area that was in great need of assistance.

I am usually more than happy to go the extra mile at work, however, this task was not just outside my job description, it was also beyond my ability. I was happy to be asked but glad I had a boss who was open enough to be honest with.

I thanked him for believing in me, but explained my limitations and declined the offer. He was gracious enough to let the matter go.

Application: While we’re never too old to learn new things, I think it’s very important for us to know our boundaries. When we are aware of our limitations, it makes it easier for us to work to our strengths.

When the Israelites were dividing up their land in Joshua 19, they were well aware of their boundaries. Crossing over would have caused conflict and trouble for the people.

Zebulun’s boundary went to a ravine. That is a pretty clear boundary!

Sometimes our boundaries seem more blurred than that and we need to tread carefully. During a time of renewal and definition it’s good to seek clarity on our boundaries to help everyone work to their best.

Prayer: Lord, the one thing about You is that Your love knows no bounds. When it comes to love and grace, we are challenged to go beyond our boundaries. But may we always look to You for structure and in understanding the place where we can be at our best. Amen.

What boundaries have been helpful for you?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.