“Happiness is more often found in the journey rather than the destination.” – Ben Sweetland
Wow! This week has been a week full of revelations.
I’m going to share one of them with you.
As with the start of many a new year, people are looking for new purpose, new opportunities, new motivations and new adventures.
I personally find all of the above to be very healthy. I love taking on new challenges and adventures and I love growing through them.
I feel like the problem for most people comes in the form of anxiety, disappointment, shortfalls and misconception.
We have been told or feel like we should achieve certain things by a certain age, stage or phase of life. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
There are so many motivational stories of elderly people finishing school, inventing something amazing or even just flipping the script and living a life in complete contrast to the one they may have been living for the past 50 years.
There are so many uplifting stories about people from poverty-stricken backgrounds finding hope and becoming successful.
If we just stopped limiting ourselves and opened our hearts and minds to the endless possibilities, we would be so much more successful in realising that most of the reward of what we strive for is reaped from the journey we take to achieve it.
The bible is so full of people who LIMITED themselves.
Moses felt limited by his stutter, Gideon felt limited by 300 men, Abraham and Sarah felt limited by age, David felt limited by his sin, Rahab felt limited by her past, Jeremiah felt limited because he was a child.
The best conclusion I drew from this revelation is that my God is a God of NO LIMITS.
Job 36:22-24. “God’s power is unlimited. He needs no teachers to guide or correct him. Others have praised God for what he has done, so join with them.”
Psalm 147:5. “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.”
We have put God in a little box so that we can understand Him better instead of removing the box and just asking for more wisdom to understand Him better.
Guys, this next point is exciting.
WE ARE MADE IN HIS IMAGE.
This means that because we limit Him, we in turn limit ourselves.
Philippians 4:13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Genesis 1:27. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
“You cannot reproduce the character of Jesus on your own strength. New Year’s resolutions, willpower, and best intentions are not enough. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make the changes God wants to make in our lives. The Bible says, “God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” (Philippians 2:13 NLT)”
Are you kidding me?! (If this doesn’t excite you, I don’t know what will)
The very Spirit of God dwells within us. We are made in His image. We are His handiwork – He made us fearfully and wonderfully!
God used all of the people who limited themselves once they stopped limiting Him!
God can use you, start new things within you and even reignite the passion for things you may feel you’ve left behind.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6 NIV)
We are constantly works in progress, we are constantly being shaped. Just because you feel unfinished doesn’t mean God has forgotten you or that you should give up hope.
Another great thing is that you can talk to God about the very limitations you place on Him and yourself. You can remove them by delving into the Word and renewing your mind with the power of scripture.
There is no need to be anxious or disappointed because there may be a lot of things that don’t make sense with God but there are a LOT more things that don’t make sense without Him.
Here is to the journey of trusting God, letting Him use us and removing the limitations we set on Him and ourselves!