I want to make peace with my limitations. Even at a quieter pace of life with less in my days than I’ve been used to for the past decade of living, it is still a rare occasion to lay my head down on the pillow with a completed to do list from the day just lived. And by rare I am referring to a rarity similar to that of seeing an elephant climb a tree. And I think I would be right in saying that this is a sentiment felt by many.
We, as humans, are by nature limited. We have limited knowledge, limited skill sets, limited resources, limited experience, limited strength, and most of all limited time. Even the wealthiest and wisest people to have lived have come up against limitations keeping them from accomplishing all that they hoped. There’s no way around it. We will feel limited in some way every day of our life. It’s time to make peace with it. In a radical way.
To make peace with something generally means to come to terms with, to settle or accept. To me it seems like a passive submission to disagreeable situations. And this is not enough for me.
I want to make peace with my limitations by bringing true peace – shalom – to them, or rather letting Christ impart His shalom upon them. This peace in which nothing is broken and nothing is missing. I don’t want to merely make peace by accepting the fact that I’ll never get enough done in a day, or that I will continually find myself not measuring up in some way. I want to make peace by allowing my shortcomings to make room for His perfection.
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
There is a fullness, a completion in our weakness and limitations. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Therefore I will rejoice, I will even boast, in my uncompleted lists and my tasks yet to be finished. Because in each limitation there is more room for Christ to show Himself supreme in my life. I will be thankful for the short days with much to do, because in each struggle for time there is space for Him to multiply my time and show me that His will is being done.