Choosing Healthy Insulation over Isolation
At one point or another, we have all found ourselves with unhealthy tendencies. This unhealthiness can creep into our relationships, our habits, and even our diet. When trying to make better choices, it is natural to want to separate ourselves from certain parts of our lives. However, as I wrote in my book The Journey Principles, Satan can use this desire for separation and instead isolate us from the plans God has for us.
In order to safeguard us from making unhealthy choices, we should focus less on separation and more on setting emotional, physical, and spiritual boundaries.
- Start by setting emotional boundaries. Think of the five people you are closest to and analyze their character. These five people speak into your life and have the most emotional influence over you. Do you look up to these people and want to be like them? You may find that some of them have unattractive traits or are leading you in a negative direction. Set emotional boundaries with these individuals and limit their influence on you. Instead, seek out mentors and people who inspire you. Make time for these mentors and invite them to speak into your life.
- Next, assess your physical boundaries. The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 6:19 that our bodies are a temple for the Holy Spirit. As a temple, setting physical boundaries can mean making good decisions on what goes into your body and what you do with your body. You can set boundaries against unhealthy food, cigarettes, and alcohol. A physical boundary can also be choosing to refrain from sexual activity if you’re not married. Setting physical boundaries ensures that we choose to use our temples in a respectful way toward God.
- Finally, set spiritual boundaries for your life. It is so easy to get caught up in a busy schedule, but your only hope for leading a healthy life is by leaning on God’s wisdom. If you are not regularly making time for God, you are not going to be as perceptive to His purpose for you. It is essential that we place solid spiritual boundaries on our time in order to commune with God. The fruit of our spiritual boundaries can help inspire our other boundaries because when we make time for God, we allow Him to show us where we need to improve.
You might be thinking, ‘If I set these strong boundaries, I will lose friends and relationships in my life. Then won’t I be isolated?’
Though creating boundaries can be difficult, this process will actually help you attract people and relationships that respect healthy choices. Some friendships may fall away, but by setting emotional, physical, and spiritual boundaries, we can ensure that we’re moving toward a healthier life. Invite an inspiring person to coffee, choose a nutritious meal, and block out time on your calendar for prayer. Altogether, these choices can deter isolation and get you closer to the amazing things God has in store for your life.
The Journey Principles book offers a practical life-changing approach to healing, awareness, and restoral through your own personal journey.
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