Psalm 119:96 - If Youre Overloaded, Learn Your Limits.

Psalm 119:96 (NLT) Even perfection has its 
limits, but your commands have no limit.  

Psalm 119:96 (GNT) I have learned that 
everything has limits; but your commandment is 

Psalm 119:96 (AMP) I have seen that 
everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter 
how extensive, noble, and excellent]; but Your 
commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without 
limits [into eternity].  


   If you want to build margin in your life 
so that you can do the work God meant for you 
to do, you have to remember that you are only 
human. You are not a god. You are not invincible. 
You have limits! 
   Psalm 119:96 says, I have learned that 
everything has limits (GNT). 
   God is the author of your limitations. He 
put them there for your good - because he loves 
you. So rather than fighting your limits, you 
need to accept your limits. 
   Sadly, as human beings were not very 
adept at recognizing our limits. We constantly 
overestimate our abilities and underestimate obstacles 
and how much time it will take to do something. 
On top of that, we live in a culture that 
constantly tells us, You can do it all! You can have 
it all! You can be whatever you want! But 
its not true. You can be all that God wants you 
to be, but you cannot be whatever you want to 
be. There are limits in your life.  
   In the first place, you have physical 
limits. You cant go six months without food, no 
matter how much you talk yourself into it. Even the 
most powerful positive thinking cant overcome 
your physical limits.  
   You also have emotional limits. These are 
much harder for you to recognize in your own 
life. Many people try to carry both their own 
problems and the problems of people around them. But 
how many people can you carry emotionally? How 
many of their problems can you handle? Probably 
not as many as you think. 
   You have mental limits too. The problem 
is that the media constantly pumps new 
information into your mind through radio, TV, and the 
Internet. As a result, many people around the world 
are mentally on overload. They cant handle 
any more.  
   And, of course, you have time limits. No 
matter how many time-management seminars you 
attend, youll never have more than 24 hours in a 
day. And youll always have to sleep for part 
of that time. 
   You might be thinking, It would really 
be nice if God would warn me when Im 
reaching my limit. 
   God has given you a warning light! It has 
different names: pain, fatigue, stress, loss of joy, 
irritability. When you feel any of these things, youre 
on overload; you have exceeded some kind of 
limit in your life.  
   So how do you build margin in your life? 
The starting point for building margin is to 
realize you need margin because you have limits. You 
cannot just keep cramming your life full of things 
that are not important and do not help you 
accomplish your purpose. 
   Ask God to give you the wisdom to 
recognize your limits. Then start building margin into 
your life - and experience the joy that comes 
when youre not living on overload. [Daily 
Devotional by Rick Warren: