Guardrails. They're everywhere, whether we need them to be or not. The thing about guardrails is that we don't need them ... until we do. And when we need one, it can be the difference between life and death.

This series will answer the question “Why do we need guardrails?” We'll also look at four types of guardrails that can direct and protect our lives.

(1) DIRECT AND PROTECT: Sunday July 1st
Guardrails are designed to keep vehicles from straying into dangerous or off-limit areas. They minimize damage by keeping us in the safety zone. But the highway isn’t the only place we need guardrails; we need them for our personal lives as well.

(2) PROXIMITY: Sunday July 8th
Have you ever met someone that later you wish you’d never met? Is there a person you wish your husband, wife, son, or daughter had never met? Sometimes people are our greatest regrets because they influence us to ignore our guardrails and step into the danger zone. The very things that make friendships marvelous can also make them hazardous.

(3) FOREVER YOURS: Sunday July 15th
We need personal guardrails so we don’t stray into areas of life that can harm us or the people we love. In our sexually charged culture morally dangerous environments call for fidelity guardrails and if there’s one area in which personal guardrails are most needed, but also most resisted, it’s in our romantic relationships.

(4) MONEY MATTERS: Sunday July 22nd
When it comes to our finances, it’s easy to cross the line into the danger zone. That’s why it’s essential to establish guardrails against greed. Those who have learned how to master their money and avoid overspending or hoarding learn to reorder their finances to "Give, Save, Live,” instead of to "Live, Save, Give."

(5) THE HEART OF THE MATTER: Sunday July 29th
What’s on the inside eventually shows up on the outside. The heart leaks. It’s vital to erect guardrails around our hearts because an unguarded heart can overpower our most guarded behaviors. What’s done cannot be undone. What’s said cannot be unsaid. If everything isn’t okay with your heart, it may be time to confess, forgive, give, and celebrate.