HIPAA – A fence – The Alps – Our skin
Who can figure out what all of these have in common?
If you said they are all boundaries, you’re right!
According to the CDC, “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that required the creation of national standards to protect sensitive patient health information from being disclosed without the patient’s consent or knowledge.”
A farmer puts up a fence to keep his animals protected and cared for.
Also the Alps are a natural barrier separating and defining the national lines of two countries, France and Italy.
And of course, the skin acts as a protective barrier for our internal organs against germs, infections, and bacteria.
Boundaries…they are intrinsic and hardwired by God into the very framework of nature. But when it comes to people and relationships, things become a bit blurry.
It’s not always easy to see the benefits of boundaries. It leaves us asking “Boundaries – What Do Good Ones Look Like?”.
Boundaries protect sensitive areas in our life and allow God to care for us. They separate us from harmful people, thoughts, relationships, situations, experiences and define who we are. In essence, boundaries make it possible for us to be healthy people.
Two observations worth noting:
1. God has already defined certain boundaries. For example, marriage is between a man and a woman; night and day have a limited amount of time and cannot overlap, and the ocean never takes over the sand. We can see boundaries all over Scripture!
2. God allows us to define personal boundaries for ourselves as a way to know Him better and become more like Him. For example, based on our personality, our life experiences, or strengths and our weaknesses, we have the freedom to form personal boundaries in alignment with Him, that will protect us and keep us healthy. These personal boundaries should never be made without including Christ.
Maybe you know you need better personal boundaries but you’re not sure what that looks like? Here are two questions to ask yourself and God to help you narrow it down:
1. How has God defined me in this area?
2. What should my boundaries be in this area?
So get in God’s Word, you’ll find direction and conviction there! Consider welcoming one of our Admonish Mentors into the process. They are excited to join you in figuring this out! For more information check out www.breatheministry.com/mentor/.