Boundaries. The first thing you might think of when I mention that would is a wall. That is really what I briefly want to talk about.
I have a calendar on my desk that someone sent me from Hope Church that is called Words of Hope. It is numbered by days. Yesterday was DAY 2 back at work so I decided to start the calendar in that manner. The scripture for DAY 2 is Philippians 1:9-11.
“This is my prayer for you: that you love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and understanding with your love; that you will see the difference between good and bad and will choose the good; that you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ; that you will be filled with the good things produced in your life by Christ to bring glory and praise to God.”
This scripture can have MANY meanings. With my mind being so much on Trey, what hit me was purity. It says, “. . .that you will be pure and without wrong for the coming of Christ…” As a Sunday School teacher of girls and a mother of two boys, I have had the opportunity to teach many lessons on physical boundaries in relationships. Trey and I had many conversations about this subject. Some conversations that ended with MOM! As you can imagine a guy saying. But we taught him boundaries. I still teach boundaries.
Yesterday, I felt compelled to contact Julianne, Trey’s girlfriend and shared this scripture with her. She immediately sent me a text back of Colossians 1:9b-14 which says:
“…we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience…”
I think we both were blown away at the fact that God had given us similar scripture on the same day, but maybe not for the same reasons. I told her how proud I was of her relationship with Trey and she didn’t quite understand what I was saying. I told her how proud I was as a mother to know my son went to meet Jesus as a virgin, as this is the will of God. That’s what Trey wanted. His will to be done. Yes, my son, almost 16, a tough football player, called Beiber, was a virgin GUYS! Julianne said, well, Ms. Lisa, we had boundaries!
How many parents are blessed this side of heaven to KNOW that so many things they have taught their children they actually listened. Another blessing from God and an incredible gift our Trey gave his parents. Obedience.
I believe I shared in a Caring Bridge post that at a Family of Families event at our church he wrote a scripture that he chose to be dedicated to on a brick that still sits on our shelf Ephesians 6:1:
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”
This is why we told Trey he was receiving so many blessings during his journey because he CHOSE to obey not only his parents, but the word of God.
CHALLENGE: My challenge is that you talk with your teens, pre-teens, young adults, college kids about their boundaries in life. Do not stop talking to them about it. It does not have to be physical boundaries. But also teach them about forgiveness. My challenge to the adults is that your love will grow so much in the Lord that obedience will become so easy so when the day of Christ comes, you be WILL be pure and without wrong before our Lord.