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
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
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