You may have heard the expressions “Stay in your own lane” or “Tend to your own garden” or “Clean up your side of the street.” Or even, in the South, “Not my pig, not my farm.” These familiar expressions are quite useful in the understanding of the biblical principle of boundaries. Boundaries help us to know what is within our responsibility and what is not. When we should intervene and when we should mind our own business. What is within our territory and what belongs to someone else. It takes the wisdom of healthy boundaries to know when to help someone with their burden, and when our help inhibits them from increasing their needed strength to carry their own pack.
When we are lacking in peace or sufficient abundance, it can often be traced back to the cause that we are not minding our borders. God grants us peace within our borders and fills us with the best of wheat.
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