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Don’t Live In Fear Embrace Some Limits

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Limits Drain Me

Actually that title was just a clever word play.  The truth is some limits drain me, other limits free me.

Let me tell you about my drain problem.

Our washing machine drains into a tub in our laundry room.  A couple days ago we discovered the sink that the wash machine drained into was stopped up. After we whined, tried to assign blame and avoided the problem we began to conquer our drain problem.

After two days later we finally conquered it.  Now our basement looks like this photo.

Just kidding.  It wasn’t that bad.

We remedied our drain problem using a BrassCraft 1/4 in. x 25 ft. Metal Drum Auger available here from Home Depot.

This Brasscraft is well-worth the money.  We used to have a clever power-drill-driven drai auger.  I think this one is easier to work with and very reasonably priced.

Wow would I love to get an advertising gig from them!  They certainly have been able to make their investors happy because of me.

Our problem started when our wash machine lint trap filled and we didn’t prompt;y replace it.

Lint builds up promptly in our pipes if we don’t filter the washing machine drain water.  We ignored the limits and paid a price.

Some Limits Free Me

I have chosen of my own will some limits.

I have made few promises in my life, but I do want to honor them; well, most of them.

Everyone experiences possibilities that threaten to violate their promises, vows or limits; to stray off the right path in life.

In fact, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” 1

But, what if I was faced with a situation, suggestion or offer that tempted me to violate my limits?

Here are some practical ideas that have helped me and others to deal with that kind of pressure.

10 Paths to Consider When Face-to-Face With Peer Pressure

Path # 1: Simply say “No”.

Path # 2: Leave the scene, and if necessary RUN!

Path # 3: Ignore the other person or persons pressuring you.

Path # 4: Make an excuse.

Path # 5: Change the subject.

Path # 6: Make a joke.  Humor sometimes deflates peer pressure.

Path # 7: Act shocked.  Peer pressuring bullies sometimes back down and reconsider their demand.

Path # 8: Compromise; not compromise your values but find a way through the situation without compromising your values.

Path # 9: For instance, suggest a better idea.  “You’re thirsty and want to go to a strip club?  How about we get drinks somewhere else like …”

Path # 10: Return the challenge.

These ten paths can protect me when I am tempted to ignore helpful limits and to stray off the right path.

 

1 – 1 Corinthians 10:13 has often helped me feel less alone when I am tempted to choose unwisely.  I’m not the only one tempted!

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