Often times limitations can be seen as the enemy. They hold us back. They weigh us down. They make it difficult for us to achieve our goals. But I believe there is beauty in what our limitations can teach us about ourselves and God’s love for us.
Limitations Help Us Determine What We Can Do
I think many, if not all, of us have prayed to God for clarity on what we should do in life. We can ask God why weren’t given a certain skill. But maybe, just maybe the skills we don’t have are just as important as the skills we do. They help us narrow down what we can do. I’m not saying skills can’t be learned, but the truth is everyone can’t be good at everything. For example, everyone in your family are cooks, and then there’s you. So what! Maybe you are the one organizing the bbq instead of making the potato salad, and that is just as important. What would be a mess if you had everybody eating your mystery mix because you weren’t honest with yourself. And being honest about limitations can open doors and birth new ideas. Now you are able to see that you may not be the best cook, but you are great at making sure everything is organized. Organizing and planning parties could be where your purpose lies, but you could miss this is if you were just focusing on what you can’t do well. Go ahead and master your recipe for the next family gathering, but also nurture your natural talents.
Limitations Show Us How God Works In Our Lives
Sometimes we can feel limited by things that cannot be changed or difficult to change, such as, gender, race, finances, etc. Not to say one’s gender or race is a limitation, but it can make it difficult to enter into certain spaces. For example, being a black woman could make it difficult for you to enter into white and male dominated professions. Just like your lack of finances can create difficulties when trying to get a business off the ground. But I believe, situations like these open our eyes to how God works in our lives. Yes, the profession may be dominated by white men and you are a black woman, but that means little to a limitless God. That door can still be opened. When you recognize that numbers and people suggest that you should not have opportunities you have obtained or be in certain positions you have filled, you can truly and honestly say “Glory be to God.” This does not negate your hard work, but honors and thanks God for stepping in on your behalf and offering you grace and favor. Recognizing our limitations reminds us that we are not alone, and that we serve a limitless God. Recognize that things may not be easy when achieving certain goals, but also recognize that we serve a mighty God.
Limitations Force Us To Get Creative
Have you ever had to fill out an application or a questionnaire that has a character limited? We can get real creative when tasked to answer in depth questions in 200 words or less. This is the same thing that happens in life. You may not have all the money to bring a project to pass or the creativity to bring an idea to life, but somehow you figure things out. You leverage your resources. You reach out to friends for input. You think of ways to make things happen with the little you do have. You do what you have to do to make things happen. And after all is said and done, you can step back and marvel at how you were able to make something out of nothing.
So, while limitations can make it difficult to achieve certain goals. I believe they help be seen help us figure out ourselves, see God’s work in our lives and spark creativity, so to me there is beauty in limitations. There is something beautiful in being able to accomplish goals and live joyfully in spite of things that may be against you. So, don’t throw pity parties when you realize that things may be difficult, instead analyze what you can do, get creative, step back and let God be God.
Remember, You got this, and God’s got you!