“You set the limits of the earth; you made summer and winter.” Psalm 74:17
Creation has limits. As a creature, I have limits too…and it’s okay. I’m supposed to have limitations. I don’t know where I got the idea that I should be able to do everything I feel called upon to do. Fearing that anything less would make me a slouch, I’ve wasted years squandering energy by spreading myself too thin. Frantic busyness didn’t make me a better person. I ended up worn out, frustrated, and pretty cranky. Why was it so hard for me to admit I had limitations? I don’t know, but I’m glad it finally sunk in that I have only X amount of energy. If I spend it doing A, B, and C on any given day, I might not have enough left for D.
My character development has limitations, too. I’m not as good as I want to be, as I think I should be. Although there is plenty I can do personally and together with my faith community to foster my emotional and spiritual growth, at some point I face my limitations and those of others. We can strive to become the best we can be, but we will never out-grow our humanness. That is why forgiveness, trust in God’s mercy and reliance on His grace are essential. God knows all about our limits: He set them.
Prayer: Lord, increase our trust that limitations are part of Your plan for us.
Reflection for Sharing: How might accepting our limitations enhance our growth?