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Are you a ‘limited’ edition?


Are you feeling trapped by your own limits? Photo: Hans Ackr/Flickr/Creative Commons

Are you feeling trapped by your own limits? Photo: Hans Ackr/Flickr/Creative Commons

Limits, we all have them and I have always looked at them in a negative way.

Recently, I read an Albert Einstein quote, where he said:

“Once we accept our limits, we can go beyond them”

It really got me thinking about the limitations in my life.

Some days my world seems so small. I feel guilty and sometimes angry about wanting more, beyond the limits of my home and everyday responsibilities.

It seems from the beginning, God knew we could not be responsible for everything, nor could we do just whatever we please.  When we function within His limits there is a blessing of protection on our lives.

But sometimes the limits that seem to be on us are not ones put there by God, but limits we have put on ourselves.

I ask myself how can I go beyond this ordinary life? Should I be content with doing the dishes laundry, making supper and going to work?

When the daily cycle of life drags me down, I begin to buy into this ‘house mentality’.

Often, I find myself falling back into that practical place my family functioned in growing up — where our world was small and life consisted of the ordinary. Maybe there was too much emphasis on these things back then, yet today I know I still have to take care of the same things.

I feel trapped in these limits and frustrated by my inability to move past them into a greater purpose for my life.

Are my core beliefs ingrained in me growing up causing the anger and frustration I sometimes feel today?

Do I need to face these limiting beliefs about myself — that I am only good for housework, taking care of my family?  That these are my set limits and there is nothing for me beyond this.

Does it give me comfort me to know I am limited and therefore not required to move on?

I do believe my purpose in life is beyond my everyday responsibilities. Recognizing the limitations I feel are largely a result of my core beliefs changes everything.

So how do I function within my responsibilities and still fulfill God’s purpose for my life?

To put it simply, only God is infinite (unlimited) and we as humans are finite (limited). This is where the grace of God enters in.  His ability to do the things I cannot do in my own strength.

“Now to Him who, by (in consequence of) the (action of His) power that is at work within us, is able to (carry out His purpose and) do superabundantly, far over and above all that we (dare) ask or think (infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes or dreams).” (Ephesians 3:20 AMP)

I am grateful that God’s grace (strength and power) working in and through me is  accomplishing  more than I could ever ask, think or imagine.

But first I need to change my core belief from one of limited to “unlimited in God.”

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