“Lord, You have assigned my portion and my cup. You have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me …” Psalm 16:6-7
Frankly, I am grieved at my lack of honoring limits. When faced with limits, I push through rather than admit the limits of my capacity. Overwhelmed, I ask for wisdom – and then step right over those boundaries born of wisdom. I somehow think God is more pleased with sacrifice than Sabbath.
Maybe you can relate.
Our disdain for limits is evidenced in many of our cultures’ debt, in our bodies, in unhealthy excess. We resist the idea of pulling back or reducing our influence. We chafe when we are told “no”.
Limit lovers we are not.
But what if we trusted that the limits we bump up against are gifts of mercy? What if we leaned into the idea that our boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places? What if we really embraced our limits?
I have a suspicion experiencing God’s power in my weakness and in my lack is connected to delighting in the boundary lines drawn for me. I’m pretty sure I have lots to learn about honoring limits. So, let me invite you to choose one or more of the following thoughts and questions to ponder with me.
- Jesus intentionally limited Himself so His purpose could be accomplished. (Philippians 2:5-11) What would it mean to intentionally give up what you now have to move further into your purpose?
- Jesus was unknown, hidden, unseen for most of His earthly life. If you feel limited in this season by your culture, organization, team, stage of life, family responsibilities, or health, what might God be doing in you? If your gifts and abilities are unseen, how does the concealment of Jesus’ life speak to your life?
- Sometimes our heart hasn’t yet caught up with the reality of shrinking – or expanding – boundary lines. If God is resetting your limits to match His plans for you, how are you responding? What do you want to be true about you?
- Limits invite us – or force us – to choose where to expend our resources. They narrow and clarify our options so we learn to marshal and direct our energies wisely. What does living well within your limits look like in this season, in this place?
- Sabbath is a boundary, a limit drawn around our work. What would have to change in your lifestyle to lean into a Sabbath-based rhythm of work and rest?
I’d love to learn from you. What does it look like to embrace and honor your limits?
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