Where Faith Meets Life

Thoughts of a Warrior Fish

Guardrails vs. Roadblocks

I’ve listened to a series recently about establishing guardrails in our lives to guide us in the right direction and protect us from harm. For example, if someone has an inclination toward gambling addiction, a good guardrail might be to avoid the poker table. The more you expose yourself to a temptation, the more likely you are to compromise your principles, make excuses and avoid accountability.

What I realized in going through the series though, is that there are areas in my life where I’ve established a guardrail, that actually became a roadblock instead. What I thought was a boundary put in place to protect a relationship damaged it in the long run. 

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One bite at a time . . .

As an avid lover of elephants, I cringe every time I hear the question, “How do you eat an elephant?”.  That is not an image I need in my head! But no matter how uncomfortable it makes me, I must admit that the adage is right. We can only conquer something that seems large by taking it on in small pieces. It’s a basic principle of time and task management. But if there’s such an obvious solution, why do so many of us struggle with feeling overwhelmed?

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And so it begins . . .

Where exactly does faith meet life? I’ve heard a lot of people say that their faith is private. Does that mean they simply don’t want to impose their beliefs on others? That sounds very polite and safe. The problem, is that what you believe impacts everything you do. Your faith influences how you interact with the world. How you treat others is a direct result of what you believe about them. Either on a conscious or sub-conscious level, wherever your faith lies in a given moment will determine your actions. So can faith really be kept private?

So many of us struggle to make the connection between what we say we believe and how those beliefs play out in real life. The point of this site is to explore that very struggle.  If you are reading this as a believer in Jesus Christ, my hope is that you’ll grow to understand just how deeply your faith in Christ can connect you with others, God, and even yourself. You’ll see that faith is anything but private, and that the impact you can have on the world will be extraordinary!

 

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