Some people were even bringing infants to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Luke 18:15-17)
Google “how to set good boundaries,” and you’ll be flooded with advice with how to manage your time, relationships, and schedule. Boundaries are important, right? I mean, without boundaries, we’ll be at everyone’s mercy. We’ll lose all control. We’ll end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and frustrated. We’ll become so inefficient that we’ll be ineffective. Right?
Well, it’s not quite as clear cut as that.
The problem with setting boundaries is that we often want to set them based on popular opinion or our own preferences. Boundaries aren’t ours to set. Only God knows where our boundaries should be set. Jesus welcomed children despite being busy. He chose one thing over another. Of course, He also chose to retreat at times. He spent time in prayer. He taught the disciples. He healed people. He provided nourishment for people. He chose well. As He served, He didn’t say, “I will never,” just “I won’t right now.” He walked where God wanted Him to walk, one step, one choice at a time. He let His yes be yes and His no be no.
But let your word “yes” be “yes,” and your “no” be “no.” Anything more than this is from the evil one.
If you want to set your boundaries well, don’t set them yourself. God has already surveyed the land of your entire life. You’ll need His help and His timing every step of the way.