Relationships can be a tricky thing. They can be difficult and messy. They can cause us heartache and pain.
If we’ve been hurt in ministry, we can tend to pull back from the church as a whole.
When friendships have caused us heartache, we often choose to retreat.
Family lets us down and we learn to keep those closest to us at arm’s length.
We retreat to our safe corners, we set our fists in a defensive stance, and we harden our hearts because the pain…?
Well, the truth is that it hurts.
Self-preservation and the avoidance of pain are natural responses. Healthy relationships and proper boundaries are a good thing. But we must also take great care to tread cautiously when it comes to putting up walls that are intended to keep the hard things at a distance.