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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The limitations of others

Any time you try to do anything that brings excellence, change or advancement (in any arena of life), there will be those around you who will try to limit you (for whatever reason).
Our world is full of "limiters" (I just made that word up).  They are against anything and everything. 
"We've never done it this way."
"We've tried that before and it didn't work."
"It's not in the budget."
"There are too  many problems."
"A lot of people won't like it."  (I've always wondered who the elusive "lot of people" are. :))  (And then there is that unseen, "somebody".  When I get to heaven, my desire is to finally meet and shakes hands with that "somebody."  He or she is everywhere.)
Here is what I know about limitations and "limiters":
They can't limit us unless we let them.
Others around you may bring up the "why you can't do what God has called you to do," others may not see the potential in you or the situation that needs to be changed, but God does.
And God always sees you and your vision, not as you are but as you can be.
God is a God of potential.  Vision.  Mission. 
When you and I begin to realize that God plus me or God plus you is enough - than great things are accomplished.
Don't try to be someone else when other impose limitations on you.
There is a real temptation in the midst of the "negative speak" of "limiters" to try to be someone else or copy someone else.
God made you for a reason.  There is only one you.
You are unique.  God calls you to be you - yourself - real before Him and others.
God will never hold you accountable for gifts you do not have or responsibilities He hasn't given you. 
Be yourself when you are around limiters!
When you rise about your limitations and the limiters of life - you can help others to do the same.
At the end of the day, people will follow the example of the person who doesn't give in to fear and intimidation but walks with courage and boldness - that only comes from walking in the spirit.
Here is a prayer that you can pray today:
"Father, help me to see myself as you see me, not as others do, and to focus on what can be done with you and not what can't be done without you.  Help me to rise about the limitations placed on me by others, so that I might help others rise above their limitations."
Just some thoughts for a Tuesday.

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