I had a scary play date this week. Ever had one of those? Let me explain….
So, we went to one of our very popular, favorite eateries with an indoor playground (best invention ever!) and had a great time of eating lunch and playing with our friends until…..it was time to go. Rather than staying with me, my son managed to scoot away from me quickly, meander through the crowded restaurant and head out 2 sets of open doors out to the parking lot’s busy drive-thru. As you might imagine, I was freaked out! It was during the busy lunch hour rush and there were at least 2 women with bagged carry-out lunches in hand holding the doors open to head out to their cars in the lot. I screamed “STOP!” as I pushed my way through the exit to hurry out the door after him. My son successfully crossed through the busy drive-thru traffic to our car. I was so mad, I couldn’t see straight and yet, at the same time, relieved that he stopped at our car and didn’t continue his getaway.
Kids need boundaries and two year olds are testing and trying to see where his boundaries lie, constantly pushing the envelope to see what they can get away with. You can see the mischief in their eyes. This quickly brought my mind to the definition of “guardrails”. Interesting word yet powerful definition.
guardrail: a bar or fence put for safety at the edge of something such as a road, a bridge, or stairs
What are some of the guardrails you have in place for your child? For your life as a Mom? Wife? Employee? Employer? We all need guardrails, or hedges, in our lives to help protect us. They are not meant to harm us. They are meant to provide protection. We are all capable of running out of bounds, disobeying authority in some form or fashion. None of us is above reproach.
Consider giving some thought and prayer today to how you can best protect your children, as well as yourself and your family. Ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment as to the placement of these road blocks. You’ll be so glad you did!
Have a blessed day!