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From childhood we’ve been taught the sky is the limit and that we can accomplish anything we want. And all too often we do sell ourselves short of what’s possible. But there’s still wisdom in recognizing the basic limitations of life. We can’t do everything no matter how hard we try.

Boundaries are everywhere.

The ocean has boundaries. The rules of the road set boundaries for driving. And we’re even able to enjoy our morning coffee because of the boundaries the cup provides for our beverage of choice.

While true, we’ve also been seduced into believing life is filled with limitless options.

In just a few clicks we can find virtually anything we want and can readily consume it without limit.

And we assume this is just normal life.

It’s quite the disappointing shock when we eventually bump into the reality of our limitations.

For instance, we cannot make time slow down or go any quicker. And despite the marvels of modern medicine, we cannot neglect the basic stewardship of our bodies without consequences. And still, death eventually comes for us all.

Accepting limitations is not a point of resignation, but freedom.

For example, we’re able to enjoy a cup of coffee because of the limitations of the cup. The limitation frees us to drink. And we’re actually prevented from drinking without it, as the coffee would spill everywhere.

And this principle is true throughout our life and relationships.

Of course, there are times in which limitations are overly restrictive and suffocating. But the answer to harsh restrictions is not no restrictions.

We still need certain limitations in order to live life to the full. This gives us the clarity and direction needed to show up and make a difference.

In the end, you can’t do everything. Learn the wisdom of limitations and discover the fullness of who God has created you to be.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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