Accepting and Embracing My Limitations
AUGUST 29, 2019
Identity: "I am limited by design."
“Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.” – Psalm 8:5
God distinguishes himself from humanity in many ways. Perhaps the most obvious in which he does so has to do with what theologians refer to as the “incommunicable attributes of God.” This means that there are specific attributes that God does not share (communicate) with anything in creation. Visualize omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing), and omnipresence (present in all places).
Our anxieties and frustrations skyrocket when we reject our human limitations and seek to be like God in these ways. We are not all-powerful. We are not all-knowing. We cannot be everywhere. When we accept and embrace our limitations, we are free to be what we actually are rather than strive after a make-believe version of ourselves. More than that, we can then view our families, friends, neighbors, and coworkers rightly; not expecting the impossible from them! Above all, God likes us this way. It is “good” (Gen. 1:31). He designed you with your limitations in mind. You’re supposed to ask questions. You’re supposed to ask for help. You’re supposed to be present in only one place at a time. Today God’s call to you is to embrace and enjoy the life that your limitations afford you as you look to God and lean on your neighbor to meet your needs.
“Take more time. Cover less ground.
— Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain, 202.