Spiritual Practice

Too Many Rules

Katy Steele, 22

I held off on truly following Christ because I didn’t want to give up my way of life. Living for myself meant having no rules to break; but living for Jesus meant becoming like him. I was terrified of what I would need to change to follow the rules.

fence Ftr TSP 451518223I thought that God made rules to take away our fun, but then my friend told me a story that changed my mind. She talked about two families who lived next door to each other. Their yards backed up to the woods. One family had a big, open yard for their kids to play in; the other family also had a nice yard, but it was fenced in. At first, I thought the kids with the open yard seemed to have a better deal; but then my friend added a twist: A pack of wolves lived in the woods behind the houses. The children whose yard was fenced could play freely inside the bounds of the fence. The father who fenced in his yard was not trying to limit his children’s fun; he was trying to watch over them and keep them safe so they could “have life—and have it to the full.”

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
John 10:10 (NIV) 


PRAYER: Thank you, God, for boundaries that keep us safe and free. Amen.

—from devozine (May/June 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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