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Learning From Our Limitations!

The older I get, the more I realize that there is still so much for me to learn. The more I truly learn, the more I begin to understand that there is so much that I just don’t know and a lot of it, I can’t know, because I don’t need to know. I just need to make sure that I know the One that does know.

One of the great lessons that life is teaching me is that I have a limited perspective. When we really start to understand this truth, it takes a lot of the pressure off of our having to have everything figured out. There is much in this life that we will never figure out and that is okay. I believe that anything that we don’t know that we need to know, God will explain to us one day and if He doesn’t explain it to us, then we obviously didn’t need to know it and shouldn’t worry about it.

Not only is it important for me to remember that I have a limited perspective, but it is also important to remember that we all see and understand life from our “LIMITED” perspective and this is why we should be extra careful to give and receive GRACE.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts higher than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:8-9

It is possible for us all to see the same thing and have entirely different opinions about it, based on OUR perspective. So the next time you get ready to judge someone else, you might want to consider their perspective. Next time you think you are right and everyone else is wrong, you might want to consider that things might not be that simple and take a moment to consider the other person’s PERSPECTIVE.

Then story is told of three blind men heard that a strange new animal, called an elephant, had arrived in their town. None of the men knew anything about the shape, size or appearance of an elephant so they decided to approach it and use their hands to get a better picture exactly what an elephant is like. The first man felt the trunk and declared that an elephant was round and long like a snake. The second man touched the elephant’s tusk and announced that the strange animal was smooth and sharp like a spear. The third man felt the elephant’s leg and determined that elephants were thick and curved like a tree trunk.

All of the men described the elephant from their perspective and each man was right, while each man thought the other men were wrong. How often in life to we get screwed up by our limited perspective???

Remember You Have A Limited Perspective!

It is important to remember that we have a limited perspective and can only see and know so much. This is why a relationship with our Creator is so important, because God sees the whole picture. God sees the whole picture, because He is the one that made it! When you don’t understand or life doesn’t make sense, look to the one, Who created it and let Him help you make sense out of the senseless.

Our Limited Perspective, Our Hopes And Fears Become Our Measure Of Life, And When Circumstances Don’t Fit Our Ideas, They Become Our Difficulties.” — Benjamin Franklin

They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Many of us live our life on a reoccurring loop of insanity and a big part of the problem is that we allow ourselves to be influenced, manipulated and motivated by our limited perspective, thinking that we know it all. We don’t know it all and that is why nothing changes. Some things in life are not going to change, until we change and we are not going to change until we get a different perspective. Ask God to open your eyes and help you see things as they really are from His vantage point.

This Is The Way!

Our Biggest Challenge: God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways!

I think one of the biggest challenges in life has to be the realization that there is more than one way. I mean 2+4=6, but so does 3+3=6 and they are both right. Live life long enough and you will discover that there is the right way and the wrong way, the easy way and the hard way, God’s way and your way, and we could go on and on and on.

8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts higher than your thoughts. -Isaiah 55:8-9

You’ve Tried It Your Way!

Let’s get honest and real for a few moments: You’ve tried it your way and things just aren’t lining up and working out. You know there is a better way and you know that better way is God’s way, so why are you so hard headed and reluctant to let go of your way and try God’s way? If it because you are afraid that it might actually work and you might start enjoying this gift called life? Is it because you have become so accustomed to misery that you think there is no other way to live?

I want to challenge you to get really real with yourself for just a few moments. You’ve been doing life your way and how’s that working out for you? Do you really think that you are living up to your God-given potential and are you really experiencing all of the blessings you were created to experience and share? Most of us, if we are honest, have to admit that we are living way below the level of our blessed, created potential and we know that God has so much more in store.

Seriously think about it! Take a look back on your life and living and learn whatever this life is trying to teach you or you will continue to repeat the same mistakes and live the same life. God has better and God wants better for you, but God loves you and will never force his blessings upon you.

If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always got! If you want a better and more blessed life, then you have to admit that you don’t have it all figured out and that is totally okay. Once we admit that we don’t have it all figured out, then we can begin to look to the One Who does have it all figured out and He will direct and guide us to where we need to be and give us the strength to do what we need to do, so that our life and living aligns with His plans for blessing and growth.

You can’t, but God can and He has and He will, if you will get out of His way…

The Benefit Of Worry!

According to the dictionary: Worry is giving way to anxiety or unease; allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. Most all of us know worry up close and personal. At some point in our life and living, we have met and started an on again, off again relationship that comes and goes. For some folks it is frequently and for others it is seldom, but for all of us, it is reality.

Worry is actually a lack of faith, which is why the Scriptures teach us not to do it. Yes, I know that’s heavy, so go back and read it again: WORRY IS A LACK OF FAITH! Faith/Trust/Belief is what allow us to have and grow in a meaningful relationship with God our Creator. The Scriptures teaches us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. So worry is a lack of the thing that we need to please God, because it is by faith that we are saved and have relationship with God.

I know this is a strong statement and I know it stings, because I have been stung by it many times in my life, but the truth is: Worry Is The Result Of Not Trusting God! We either believe what we say we believe or we don’t. There will be times that this requires us to do battle with ourselves, because our spirit is believing and pushing for one thing, while our flesh and mind are believing and pushing for something else.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are doing battle with worry:

1.) God does not promise happiness, but he does promise joy! We are not always going to be happy and not everything in this life is going to go the picture perfect way that we think it should. We will have good days and bad days. I once heard an Army Chaplin say: “All sunshine and no rain produce a desert!” Some days, life is exactly as you hoped it would be and other days you feel like you are bailing water on a sinking ship. On the good and bad days, especially the bad days, we need to look for and embrace the JOY of the LORD. If you can discover the joy of the Lord in your relationship with Him, then that joy will lead you back to happiness by teaching you that God’s ways are higher than your ways. The joy of the Lord ultimately leads to happiness, if we are paying attention…

2.) Remember: You Have A Choice: Your Way Or God’s Way? The Scriptures teach that the joy of the Lord is our strength to live life God’s way, but God never forces His way on us, we always have a choice. The problem with the choice is allowing the wrong part of ourselves to make it. We basically have two competing forces within us and often they are contrary to one another. Our head tells us one thing and our heart tells us another. Which one do we listen to? Both and neither! What we really need to be looking for is: WHAT IS GOD UP TO? God is always working to bless us, grow us and mature us, but we often get in the way of the great things he has in store for us, because things are not the way we think they should be. The good news is that because God loves you, God gives you the power of choice and you get to decide for you!

3.) Joy is choosing to trust that God is faithful no matter what! No matter what choice you make, right or wrong, God is with you and He has a plan, even when we wander off of the path that He has marked out for us. It would be easier in the long run to stay on His path, but He gives us the flexibility of learning the hard way if that is our choice.

So what is the benefit of worry? When I am worrying, it is a sure sign that I am not exercising my faith/trust/belief. It is a reminder that I need to get my attention and focus back on God and the amazing love He has for me. So the next time you find yourself in a battle with worry, let that be a reminder to you to get the focus off of self and onto God…