“No” Your Limits

I suppose I could have kept my eyes open a little longer. But I was sleepy, and the sun was so warm, and everything on my list of things to do could honestly wait. So I relinquished…and took a short nap. How refreshing!

Sometimes I push myself too hard, ignoring limits. Yet there are also times my limits are marked with a huge red flag. When I see the flag looming ahead, I stop.

According to http://www.merriam-webster.com/, a limit is “something that bounds, restrains, or confines.” What limits you? Create a list.

  • When does fear limit you?
  • What types of emotions limit you?
  • How does money, location, transportation limit you?
  • What relationships limit you?
  • How does “baggage” limit you?

There are situations in which a limit is placed in our path as a warning to take another route, proceed with caution, or cease pursuing that direction altogether. But sometimes we use limits as an excuse to stop, pause, or retreat. Sometimes, limits are a test of our perseverance.

I try to be too self-sufficient sometimes. Okay, a lot of times. The fact is my limits aren’t limits at all, because I know God, who has no limits. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” (Mark 10: 27) I’m only limited by my stubbornness to rely on my own strength, courage, and perseverance. I get worn out and can easily give up!

Take a look at your list of limits. Circle the items beyond God’s limits. You can keep those things on your list of definite “no-can-do” limits. Cross off the items that are not beyond God’s limits. My guess is, you’ll be drawing a few lines on your paper!

Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true. For he is sent by God. He speaks God’s words, for God gives him the Spirit without limit. The Father loves his Son and has put everything into his hands. – John 3:33-35

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