Have you ever had someone in your life who continued to hurt you over and over? Let’s say you clearly communicated your concerns, perhaps gave chance after chance, but after awhile it just kept blowing up in your face. Did you ever wish that you could find someone who could wave a magic wand over your offender and change his hurtful ways?
Allow me to rewind to the old 1984 hit movie, Ghostbusters. Do you remember it? It all began with a pesky spirit haunting your abode. According to the premise of this movie “Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters!” And in a flash the Ghostbusters team would capture your Casper and send him directly to their “ectoplasmic containment box.” The only risk you might run would be getting in the way of the fleeing phantom and unfortunately—getting slimed! Yuck!
Yeah, it was a funny and crazy plot, but it seems to me that very often what haunts us is not a ghost, but a “Boundary-Buster.” Yes, a Boundary Buster is that person who continually steps over any line you may draw. So how do you know if you’re being haunted by a B-B?
Signs you have a Boundary-Buster in your life:
- They give you excuses, excuses, excuses!
- They avoid responsibility at all costs
- They control your every move
- They have extremely unrealistic expectations
- They procrastinate like a pro
- They argue for the sake of getting you off track
- They use intimidation and threats
- They manipulate you with guilt—“This is all your fault!” and “If you’d just change . . .”
- When all else fails-–they lie
So what do you do if this person is your spouse, close family member, friend or your boss? Short of divorcing your spouse, quitting your job or living a day to day game of hide-and-please-don’t-seek with the B-B whenever you step out the door, you really can’t escape.
And unlike the comical Ghostbusters, there isn’t a Boundary-Busters . . . “Buster”—no one to trap the Boundary Buster in your life. In other words, you cannot change anyone but yourself.
However, there is someone who can not only soften and convict the heart of your Boundary-Buster, but also strengthen you as you deal with your B-B. That person is God. Turn to him and let him transform your B-B, but keep in mind that even God will not force a person to change. Your best option for change is allowing God to change you and your ability to deal with your B-B.
Suggestions for dealing with your B-B:
- Surrender your B-B to God daily
- Pray specifically for your B-B daily
- Pray that God would give you guidance and patience with your B-B daily
- Seek godly counsel and support
- Read good books on setting boundaries*
- Join a good support group (codependency, Al-Anon, Celebrate Recovery, etc.)
- If you don’t already go, find and attend a Bible-believing church